Sheffield Sheet Metal Worker Gets Payout

30 Oct 2010

A Sheffield sheet metal worker who developed vibration white finger (VWF) as a result of his employer’s negligence has received £7,000 compensation. The 58-year-old GMB member, whose name has not been released, developed the injury through his work grinding and hammering on metal slides for up to three hours a day. In his 26 years on the job he was never once warned about the risk of developing vibration white finger. He is now expected to suffer from the effects of the injury for the rest of his life.

The GMB member, who still works for the unidentified manufacturing firm, initially sought medical attention for his injuries, but when his GP failed to recognise his symptoms he sought advice from his union. His GMB organiser immediately recognised the symptoms as vibration white finger and started a compensation claim.

Tim Roache, GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire regional secretary, said: ‘Where employers fail to abide by these laws it’s in everybody’s interest that they are held to account. The GMB will always stand by members who’ve been injured at work and back them in their fight for justice.’