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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

    In focus: Nail guns and their dangers

    Many employees use machines on a regular basis and often machinery makes jobs much quicker and easier, but be aware that there are risks associated with using certain tools. If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

    Work accidents: Nail guns

    Nail guns are a tool used to remove the hassle of hammering in nails by hand. Nail guns release nails at high speed and are commonly used by construction workers, picture framers and carpenters.

    Examples of injuries that may be caused by using a nail gun include:

    • Damage to the tendons and soft tissue
    • Infection
    • Septic arthritis
    • Puncture wounds (these usually affect the hands)
    • Nerve damage

    According to a recent report published in Australia, there has been an increase in the number of work incidents involving nail guns since 2007 and accidents are most common among young male construction workers. The authors of the study found that more than half of those who suffered injury between January 2007 and July 2012 required surgery, with each case resulting in an average of 15 days off work.

    Preventing nail gun accidents at work

    In order to lower the risk of nail gun accidents, the Health and Safety Executive recommends:

    • Training and instruction for staff members
    • Regular maintenance checks
    • Using protective clothing and equipment, including eye masks and ear protectors
    • Supervision
    • Analysis of accidents and subsequent evaluation to prevent incidents in the future
    • Provision of first aid

    Claiming work accident compensation

    If you’re injured at work, you may need to take time off or even give up work and this can cause financial stress and worry, especially if you are the primary earner. If you have an illness or injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Work injury compensation can help to cover loss of earnings or help you to stay afloat while you search for another job.

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    If you would like to find out more about work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline, a compensation provider with more than 12 years of experience. The personal injury lawyers handle a wide range of claims and they operate on a no win, no fee basis.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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