Nail guns have long been more than handy tools for TV and film producers. In 1985, for instance, the film ‘Nail Gun Massacre’ was about a man murdering the residents of a town with a nail gun. In 2005, CSI:Miami, Season 4 Episode 8 featured two nail gun incidents, the murder of a woman and the accidental eye injury of detective Ryan Wolfe (Jonathan Togo).
Real nail gun incidents
In July 2015, News3 (USA) reported the tragic death of a disabled teenager in Wisconsin, who was murdered by his own father with a nail gun and a knife.
More recently, nail gun incidents involved:
- An Essex builder pinning his hand to a roof with one of these tools in October 2015
- A Northampton company being fined after one of their workers suffered an eye injury in a nail gun accident in November 2015
- A young carpenter in Chicago shooting himself in the knee with a nail gun in January 2016
It appears from these nail gun incidents that these are extremely dangerous tools to be working with not only in fictional settings, but in real life.
Nail guns at work
Nail guns are used extensively in carpentry and the construction industry, and accidents at work using nail guns are frighteningly common.
Inadequate training, careless handling and defective nail guns with extremely sensitive triggers are often the cause of such work accidents. Work injuries to the hands, legs, chest and eyes are among the most common nail gun-related injuries.
Employers and nail gun use
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. This includes providing adequate training in the use and safe handling of potentially dangerous tools, provision of safety equipment, such as eye protection, for instance, and proper maintenance of the tools.
If an employee is injured by a nail gun because their employer failed to train them properly, provide adequate protection (as was ruled to be the case in the November 2015 Northampton case), or maintain equipment in safe working order, they could be eligible to claim industrial injury compensation.
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Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice