Most people know how a nail gun works. Even if they have never handled one themselves, they would likely be familiar with the idea of how it would be used. However, this is no substitute for actually going through the instructions for a nail gun and for being taught in the workplace so you know how to use it without risk of injury.
In cases where this doesn’t happen, there is a greater chance of nail gun accidents occurring. If you are using a piece of equipment like this and you have no real idea of what you are doing or what the dangers are, there is clearly a much greater risk involved with using it. Since your employer has a duty to make sure you are properly trained to do your job, they could be found to be negligent if you are hurt in these circumstances.
Can injuries lead to prolonged problems?
A lot depends on where in the body you are hit by the nail. The majority of accidents occur on the hands, but you might also be hurt in other areas if someone else is using a nail gun near you and they hit you with one of the nails. This could potentially cause a serious injury. One man was hit in the kidney by a nail and had to have the nail removed in hospital. Thankfully the injury was not serious but it could have been a lot worse.
Nail gun accidents are largely preventable simply by taking the right precautions prior to an accident happening in the first place. Often accidents of this type could have been prevented if the person involved had taken steps to make sure this was the case.
Using tools safely
Clearly the important element here is safety. An employer should do risk assessments on a regular basis so there is no potential danger of being hurt by a nail gun or anything else of this nature. Thankfully most employers do take all the necessary precautions to make sure their workers are safe.
Of course it may not be the case for you. If you’ve been hurt by a nail gun and you want to know if you could claim compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our number is totally free to call – use it now at 0800 689 0500. You never know what the outcome could be.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead