Bad vibrations: Jackhammer use leads to gangrene on fingers

Doctors in Japan have reported a rare complication of long-term exposure to vibrating industrial machinery

A construction worker discovered a rare complication of jackhammer use the hard way, when the constant vibrations led to gangrenous fingertips.

The 41-year-old, who was also a pack-a-day smoker, presented with a three-month history of progressive, non-healing digital ulcers on his dominant right hand, report doctors from the Okinawa Chubu Hospital in Japan.