Nail gun injuries are one of the leading causes of injury in the construction industry. Injuries to the hands and fingers are most common, with one-fourth of those injuries involving structural damage to the tendons, nerves, joints, or bones. Severe nail gun injuries have even resulted in construction worker deaths.
An estimated 37,000 people visit the emergency room with nail gun injures every year. Sixty percent of those injuries are work-related and about two thirds of all work-related nail gun accidents occur when construction workers are doing framing and sheathing work or roofing and exterior siding.
Many nail gun accidents can be avoided in the workplace if employers provide training, establish nail gun work procedures, provide personal protective equipment and use full sequential trigger guns instead of contact trigger guns. Unfortunately, many accidents happen when construction workers aren’t wearing proper protective equipment or when they are not given the training that they need to work with the gun.
OSHA has safety standards to hold contractors and employers accountable. If these rules and standards are not followed, and workers get hurt as a result, damages may be payable. As with most work injuries, workers’ compensation may be payable to compensate you for your medical care and missed work. If you have been injured at work, contact the workers’ compensation, personal injury law offices of John T. Hemminger for help at 515-283-2116 or email us through our website at iowa-injury.com. John has helped many Iowa workers get the benefits they need when they are injured at work.
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