Mr Sharp was exposed to vibratory equipment excessively whiulst working in heavy manufacturing industry for a period of over 15 years. Mr Sharp worked for GKN Sheepbridge Stokes Ltd of Sheepbridge Works & Foundry, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield. He was employed as a labourer and a machine operator throughout this time.
During Mr Sharp’s employment, his duties involved operating saws, lathes and radials for example, which would all vibrate whilst in operation. He was also required to repair ladles by knocking out with a hammer and he used pneumatic drills and ramening machines to reline the furnace. All this equipment made his arms and hands shake, he advises.
During Mr Sharp’s employment, he was never provided with adequate hand / arm protection and nor was he ever made aware of the dangers of working with vibratory equipment. Mr Sharp now suffers from hand arm vibration syndrome, which was confirmed when WE Solicitors arranged a medical assessment of his condition, with a vascular expert. This was presented to the defendants, as part of the evidence, to support Mr Sharp’s claim.
WE Solicitors were able to negotiate an out of court settlement of £7,500.00 for Mr Sharp, avoiding the need for court proceedings.