Nail Gun Injuries at Construction SitesNovember 27, 2018
Nail guns are one of many tools that construction workers use to get their jobs done more quickly and efficiently. They are powerful, easy to operate, and perfect for any type of job that requires a significant amount of nailing.
However, if they are not used properly, they can cause a range of injuries. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nail gun injuries are responsible for approximately 37,000 hospital visits each year.
Fortunately, most of these injuries can be prevented by taking the appropriate safety precautions when using a nail gun. If the injury occurs while on the job, Workers’ Compensation benefits will likely cover the expenses related to the injury.
Nail Gun Types
There are two types of nail guns, including the contact trip trigger nail gun and the sequential trigger nail gun. The contact trigger nail gun uses a bump, or automatic trigger, and can release extra nails without warning.
According to OSHA research, multi-shot contact trigger nail guns cause over twice as many injuries, compared to single-shot sequential trigger nail guns.
Main Causes of Nail Gun Injuries
Some of the most common injuries associated with nail gun accidents include puncture wounds to the hands and fingers, but more serious, even fatal injuries can also occur.
Workers can avoid being injured by a nail gun, by keeping the following major risk factors in mind:
- Nail is accidentally discharged from double fire
- Accidental nail discharge from hitting the contact while the trigger is squeezed
- Nail penetrates through a piece of material
- Nail ricochets off a hard surface or metal feature
- A piece of work is missing
- Working in an awkward position
- Ignoring safety mechanisms
Nail Gun Safety Tips
Construction workers, or any other worker who handles nail guns, can prevent serious nail gun injuries by following these important safety tips:
- Use full sequential trigger nails guns instead of contact trip trigger nail guns. Full sequential trigger nail guns reduce the risk of unintentional nail discharge.
- Train workers on how to properly and safely use nail guns, and how different types of triggers should be handled.
- Create nail gun work procedures, including checking tools and power sources, checking for trouble spots on the lumber, and developing standards for awkward position jobs.
- Encourage workers to report and discuss any injuries to ensure that safety risks are addressed, and injured workers get the medical attention they need
- Provide personal protective equipment (PPE), including hard hats, eye protection, and hearing protection for workers using nail guns.
- Make first aid and medical treatment readily available for any injured workers
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Work-Related Nail Gun Injuries
If you have suffered a nail gun injury while on the job, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Depending on the nature of the accident, these injuries can be very serious. Our skilled legal team will work closely with you to guide you through the claims process and ensure that you receive the maximum financial benefits that you deserve. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.