Nail Gun Accidents
Nail guns have become essential on job sites in Jackson and across the nation. While many people might take for granted how these tools have revolutionized and streamlined the construction industry, they’re not to be taken lightly. Whether you use explosive nail guns or pneumatic nail guns, you’re dealing with a very powerful, and potentially dangerous, piece of machinery. Nail guns can have firing speeds of up to 1,400 feet per second. If a nail gun malfunctions or isn’t being used properly and in a safe manner, workers can become devastatingly, catastrophically or even fatally injured. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a nail gun accident, you need to get with a personal injury lawyer who has construction site accident case experience immediately about your claim.
Pneumatic Nail Gun Accidents
Pneumatic nail guns are popular on many job sites in Jackson and across the nation. They use air pressure to create the force to drive the nail. Inside of the nail gun, a piston creates an explosion of compressed air, forcing the nail to shoot into whatever material it’s being pressed into.
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There are also gas powered nail guns and electrical nail guns. No matter what kind of nail gun you’re using, there is the potential for explosive nail gun accidents. It takes a lot of pressure and force to shoot a nail into wood or some other type of material, so the potential for explosive nail gun accidents exists with all different makes and models of nail guns.
Unintentional discharge is one of the most common factors associated with nail gun injuries. An unintentional discharge happens when the nail gun fires unintentionally, or without the operator intending to fire it. These kinds of accidents can happen as a result of negligence, malfunction or operator error. During an unintentional discharge, it’s possible to shoot one’s self or another worker with the nail. Since many modern nail guns have two separate triggers, it’s also possible for unintentional ‘bumps’ to cause unintentional discharges. Unintentional bumps happen when workers have their hands on the trigger. Avoiding unintentional bumps and discharges should be an important part of training for all workers who will be using nail guns.
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- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Puncture wounds
- Facial injuries
- Foot or toe injuries
- Nerve damage
Nail Gun Safety Training
Nail gun safety training is absolutely essential for all workers on the job site. It doesn’t matter whether they’re seasoned employees or new hires. Some basic rules and safety guidelines need to be addressed so everybody at the job site is on the same page with nail gun safety. All nail gun safety training classes should include information on proper loading, firing, air compressor operation, board placement, different types of triggers, how to spot potential ricochet dangers and how to handle nail gun malfunctions safely. Finally, no safety training is complete without going over common causes of nail gun injuries and how to avoid them.
Supervision on The Job Site
Nail gun safety, like many other aspects of the construction business, rests on the ability for supervisors to properly monitor job sites. Negligent supervision can lead to nail gun injuries and other types of on-the-job injuries. Adequate supervision on the job site can ensure safety guidelines are being met and complied with and that any dangerous or negligent behavior is stopped immediately. Supervisors and workers can be held to high safety standards, and that can help to reduce the potential for injuries on the job site.
Protective gear like goggles and hard hats are important at all construction sites. Ensuring all workers are properly outfitted in safety gear can help to reduce the chances of serious injuries if there is a nail gun malfunction or incident. To protect feet and toes, steel toe boots or similar safety shoes are essential. Eye protection is also something no worker can be without, especially when operating a nail gun, on when in the vicinity of a nail gun. Finally, a hard hat can protect workers from potentially devastating or even fatal head and brain injuries. Work gloves can also protect hands and fingers from potential laceration injuries. Making protective gear mandatory and enforcing standards are important ways to help reduce the chances of nail gun related injuries and other injuries on the job site.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a nail gun accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.