Go onto any construction site and you will find a myriad of tools in use. One of those tools is a nail gun, and you are likely to find a lot of them around. These are great tools to use when constructing stud walls and putting together other wooden frames on a building site. However they should be used with caution if the person using them is to prevent themselves from being injured.
Fortunately such incidents are a rarity nowadays. However, even though most employers will have proper health and safety procedures in place to avoid these incidents from happening, there are situations in which injuries can still potentially occur.
Examples of nail gun injuries
The most likely type of nail gun injury to occur would be one to the hand. Indeed, some two-thirds of the injuries involving these guns are related to the hands. The gun shoots the nail into whatever surface it is placed against – most likely a piece of wood. The nail travels at a high speed and therefore, will go through anything it is placed against – including your hand if it gets in the way.
If you have to use one of these nail guns at work you should know how to use it properly. Your employer should also provide you with proper protective equipment to wear. Gloves that would withstand a nail would be a good idea, but there is really no substitute for proper training. The nail can go all the way through the hand, but in some cases it might get stuck. It may also chip or break a bone on the way through, or cause some other kind of damage.
Proper working procedures
These are essential if workers are to avoid suffering from nail gun injuries. Even though two-thirds affect the hands, there are other situations in which other parts of the body might be hit if the nail gun isn’t used properly. It is clear that having a risk assessment on such jobs, not to mention proper safety procedures in place at all times, can have a profound effect on minimising the chances of anything going wrong.
Accident Advice Helpline knows only too well how important it is to make sure you take the right actions after suffering an injury like this. If you call us on 0800 689 0500 it won’t cost you anything but you could benefit by winning compensation.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead