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How do I know my symptoms were caused by vibrating tools?

If your job involved the prolonged use of hand-held vibrating tools, you could have been at risk of developing hand arm vibration syndrome.

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Was I at risk of developing a vibration related condition in my industry?

If you worked in an industry where you were required to use vibrating tools or to handle vibrating equipment for extended periods of time, you may have been at risk of developing hand arm vibration syndrome.

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What was my employer supposed to do to protect me from the risk of hand-arm vibration?

Employers owe a duty of care to their employees. Depending upon the industry, some employers should have been aware of the risks associated with the use of vibrating tools from the mid-1970s, and they should therefore have been taking steps to ensure that exposure was properly controlled.

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