For over five years, thousands of pitmen have been campaigning for the crippling condition, Dupuytren’s Contracture, also known as ‘Claw Hand’ or ‘Miner’s Claw’, to be recognised as an industrial disease.
Back in 2014, the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council advised that the Government saw Dupuytren’s Contracture as an industrial disease. Over five years later, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now announced that the condition will now be known as a work-related injury and people will be able to receive benefits.
The incurable condition, which affects not only pitmen, but other industrial workers, causes the fingers to curl over into a claw-like state, which in extreme cases can lead to amputation. Whilst the precise cause is unknown, the condition is usually caused by vibrations from using drills and other power tools.
Inevitably, this increases the difficulty for individuals with the condition to be able to complete day-to-day tasks, as well as affect their social life and work opportunities. It is estimated approximately 4% of the UK population are suffering from the condition.
People will be able to claim from the DWP after 9th December 2019. Claims can be made by anyone who has working in any industry that used power tools at work for at least two hours a day, three days a week, for at least 10 years.
Enable Therapy Services have a UK wide network of Occupational Therapists and Case Managers that can assist individuals struggling with day to day activities as a result of Dupuytrens contracture. Our highly experienced OT Hand Therapists can assess and treat the hand to effectively promote restoration of function, reduce pin, inflammation and scarring, and maximize independence.
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