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Hand arm vibration in Great Britain

270 New claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome in 2017
(IIDB)

145 New claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in 2017
(IIDB)

New claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Great Britain from 2008 to 2017

New claims for Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in Great Britain from 2007 to 2016

Source: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

Male / Female split of new claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) from 2008 to 2017*

Male / Female split of new claims for Vibration

Male / Female split of new claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) from 2008 to 2017*

Male / Female split of new claims for Carpal

Source: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

* Differences are likely to reflect smaller numbers of women having worked in jobs that meet the eligibility criteria for these conditions

More information on hand-arm vibration in Great Britain

Exposure to vibration at work through the use of hand-held power tools can cause Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome is made up of two components: vascular effects (also known as Vibration White Finger) and sensorineural effects.

Our main source of information on the number of people developing these conditions is obtained from the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme (IIDB).  The numbers presented for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include cases caused by repetitive movement of the wrist as well as cases caused by vibration.  It is not possible to separate out the vibration-related cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Updated 2018-10-09