the current medical description of what used to include vibration induced white finger, a condition often suffered by workers using vibrating power tools and often litigated. In such cases use is made of the Taylor Pelmear Scale and the Stockholm Scale as ways of indicating the severity of the disease.
Recent research, published in April by Reactec, estimates that 300,000 employees in the UK have advanced symptoms of vibration white finger, whilst 22,500 workers in the north across a range of building disciplines are exposed to hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) on a regular basis.
Mr Crossley joins Applebys having gained over 20 years of experience dealing with cases involving industrial disease and especially industrial deafness and vibration white finger - an illness characterised by the loss of feeling in the fingers and often brought about by the use of vibrating machinery.
A committee of cross-party MPs said Ministers were "disturbingly" wide of the mark when they estimated the number of claims from former pit workers suffering vibration white finger and lung disease ( sometimes by as much as eight times.