Nail guns trigger a growing number of visits to the ER

Nail guns trigger a growing number of visits to the ER
Jun 28, 2011 5:02 PM

With its ability to shoot nail after nail at speeds approaching 500 feet per second, a nail gun should be treated like any deadly weapon. And with more and more homeowners arming themselves to attempt their own repairs, too many of those nails are ending up in the heads, hands or necks of the worker—or someone nearby.

The number of people with nail gun injuries who sought treatment in hospital emergency rooms increased from 12,000 to 42,000 between 1995 and 2005, according to one study based on data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Do-it-yourselfers account for many of those injuries but 20,000 pros are injured each year, says the National Association of Home Builders.

To reduce the number of injuries, the NAHB has developed a new Nail Gun Safety Card printed in both English and Spanish. Most importantly, learn how the nail gun operates before starting a task.


Bill Leys
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