Nail guns are a carpenter’s best friend; but working with these high-powered tools can be dangerous. Nails that are discharged from the gun travel at high speed and can pierce through the body like a bullet, damaging tissue, bone, and internal organs along the way. Knowing how to properly operate this type of tool, and following safety protocols are key to preventing this type of injury.
While a nail gun can reduce the amount of energy that construction workers employ while they pound nails into wood and other materials, a high-powered nail gun can cause a great deal of damage to those who use them. The most common types of nail gun accidents include:
While accidents can happen to even the most safety-conscious person, most nail gun accidents can be prevented by following careful safety procedures.
Workers should have the operating manuals for their nail guns available at all times so that they can safely troubleshoot or refresh their knowledge of the operational and safety procedures.
A nail gun injury may not initially appear to be serious because of a lack of bleeding. Nails can penetrate deep into skin tissue and even come into contact with a bone or internal organ. Bleeding may not be present on the surface, but internal damage can be serious.
Victims of nail gun accidents should seek medical attention. X-rays and CAT Scans may be necessary to truly assess the seriousness of an injury. The risk of infection is high due to the fact that glue, plastic, metal, and clothing material could be imbedded in the wound. Victims who remove the nail themselves may be unaware that there is material left behind, which can lead to secondary complications.
If you have been injured on the job, call the Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. at 800-929-3600, or 800-531-9780, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices serve clients throughout South Carolina, including those in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the areas of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.