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HSE Statistics icon for vibrationHand arm vibration in Great Britain

180 New claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome in 20181

Source:IIDB

145 New claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in 20181

Source:IIDB

New claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Great Britain from 2009 to 2018

Graph showing reduction in the number of new claims for Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in Great Britain from 2009 to 2018

Source: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

Male / Female split of new claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) from 2009 to 2018*

Chart showing Male / Female split of new claims for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Male / Female split of new claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) from 2009 to 2018*

Chart showing Male / Female split of new claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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

Source: Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

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 (CTS).  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 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.

There is limited information available on work-related hand-arm vibration. The IIDB scheme is HSE’s preferred data source, but annual incidence will tend to be underestimated for a number of reasons, including:

  • Cases arising from circumstances other than those covered by the terms of the prescription;
  • Individuals being unaware of the possible occupational origin of their disease;
  • A lack of knowledge regarding the availability of compensation; and
  • The scheme not including self-employed workers.

More information on the strengths and limitations of IIDB as a data source is available on the HSE statistics website.

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Notes

  1. Latest year available for IIDB
Updated 2019-11-28