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Due to their ease of use and widespread availability, pneumatic nail guns have become a common sight on construction sites throughout New York City. For workers on residential construction and those fabricating wood products, nail guns offer a solution that can’t be ignored. Why spend hours hammering nails when you can simply shoot one in seconds?
For a staggering amount of workers in NYC, nail guns have become a terror. Far from their promise, as another handy tool in today’s modern workplace, nail guns have increasingly become deadly weapons. Nail guns cause more construction worker injuries than any other piece of equipment. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the amount of nail gun accidents has doubled since 2001.
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The CDC reports that 28,600 workers were injured by nail guns in 2005 alone. Of those, nearly 66% were injured in their “upper extremities,” which includes hands and fingers. Most of these injuries involved serious cuts or nails embedded directly in joints, bones, and tendons.
But many workers were not punctured at all. Instead, their injuries involved repetitive stress, conditions like tendonitis and nerve damage, from repeated use of nail guns. These injuries can be just as debilitating as puncture wounds, and many workers are left partially disabled, unable to work.
The CDC has compiled a list of the “seven major risk factors that can lead to nail gun injury.” After years of study, they found that many nail gun accidents are caused by unintentional nail discharge, either from double fire or accidentally releasing a nail gun’s safety. Propelled at a velocity of 1,400 feet per second, discharged nails can ricochet off metal surfaces, striking workers yards away. Some construction workers accidentally miss their intended target. Others are forced to operate nail guns in awkward positions.
Nail gun accidents are often entirely preventable. For one, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires nail gun operators to be fully trained in the safe use of their tools. We urge construction workers to read OSHA’s guide “Nail Gun Safety: A Guide For Construction Contractors,” and follow these steps:
Over decades of experience, the dedicated construction accident attorneys at Banville Law have seen in tragic detail the devastating impact that nail gun accidents can have on New York’s construction workers. And we’ve seen New York State’s Workers Compensation Board continually fail the men and women it was meant to protect.
When injuries are severe, and livelihoods threatened, our nail gun injury attorneys act quickly, developing proven legal strategies to secure maximum compensation for injured clients. And we always work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we secure compensation in your case. Contact our New York City construction accident lawyers today for a free consultation on (917) 551-6690.
Construction Accidents Involving Welding, Brazing & Soldering are other common causes for work injuries that we will discuss in our next article.