An employee in the engineering sector has received an injury compensation payout after he was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
Workington man Alexander Simpson was employed by West Cumberland Engineering to operate a vibrating grinder for five days a week, the Times and Star reports.
This led to him developing HAVS, which causes numbness in his hands and prevents him from carrying out everyday tasks.
He has been unable to pursue his hobbies of gardening and car maintenance as a result of the work-related injury.
Mr Simpson has now received injury compensation from West Cumberland Engineering and is still employed by them although he no longer uses a vibrating grinder.
"I decided to pursue compensation because I wanted to make sure I was moved on to a difference job to prevent my condition from getting worse," he told the paper.
The Health and Safety Executive has recently launched a series of awareness days in the North East to prevent accidents and injuries in the forestry industry, which include the hazards of hand, arm and body vibration while operating machinery.