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Vibration injuries at the workplace

Pennsylvania employees might benefit from understanding more about how vibrations at the workplace can cause injures. Whole-body vibrations and hand-arm vibrations are the two most common causes of vibration-related issues that employees may suffer at the workplace. High exposure to whole-body vibrations often leads to workers suffering injuries associated with lower back pain and may cause workers to be less productive. Prolonged exposure to hand-arm vibrations may affect grip, dexterity and feeling in the hands. It may also cause ergonomic-related injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Exposure to vibrations at the workplace may directly inflict injuries on some workers' hands and fingers. Earlier studies cited cases involving high vibration exposure being so severe that medical staffs were eventually required to amputate employees' fingertips. Too much vibration can disrupt the physiological processes and functions operating within the vascular system. The vibrations can interfere with the body's ability to transfer oxygen and regulate blood flow.

Studies have already proved that excessive use of power tools can lead to lower blood flow within the extremities. Decreased blood flow inhibits the body's ability to effectively deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells within the body when they most need it. Nerve cells are often the first to die when access to nutrients and oxygen remains inadequate for extended periods. The first cells to die from excessive vibrations are often the ones located on the hands and fingers that provide sensitivity for touching and feeling.

In a similar situation, legal counsel may be prepared to investigate the allegations and help identify which parties may be held liable for ensuing injuries. Employees struggling to obtain adequate medical treatment and workers' compensation benefits may also improve their situation by consulting or obtaining legal representation.

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