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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Seen on TV: Nail gun incidents

    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:

    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.

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    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.

    Employee rights

    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.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    We have well over ten years of experience in successfully conducting no-win, no-fee* work
    injury claims
    . If you were injured by a nail gun at work, contact us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) today for helpful, confidential advice, or to get your injury claim set into motion.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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