Law Office of Richard F. Maffett Experienced Harrisburg, PA Attorney
Call now for a free initial consultation
Phone: 717-260-3519
Toll Free: 888-246-5561

Workplace nail gun risks and safety concerns

Construction professionals are often exposed to significant risks in the work environment, and those in Pennsylvania should be aware of important safety protocol and risks related to their jobs. However, even experienced construction personnel can have problems related to faulty materials or equipment. Some nail gun injuries occur because of incorrect use of tools, but others can occur due to errors by co-workers or problems with materials.

Problems with nail guns and related injuries are most common in the residential sector of construction, and more than 60 percent of these injuries take place during framing or sheathing activities. Roofing is another significant activity that can result in nail gun injuries. At least half of these workplace injuries involve damage to fingers or hands, and 25 percent of hand injuries involve serious structural damage.

Experienced workers might avoid problems such as unintended nail discharge related to a double fire. However, faulty equipment or new technology could still result in issues even for the journeyman. Statistics indicate that approximately 40 percent of apprentices have at least one nail gun injury during their training period. An apprentice might be particularly likely to have injuries related to double firing or unintended nail discharge. Awkward positioning while firing could also be a problem for the less experienced worker. Material characteristics could result in excessive nail penetration or in a ricochet. Injuries can also occur if a worker misses the intended target of the nail or if safety mechanisms are not correctly used.

Although a worker's actions could lead to a nail gun injury, worker's compensation insurance is designed to address medical needs incurred in a work environment regardless of fault. As long as a worker's injury isn't purposefully incurred, workers' compensation benefits should be available if the claim is filed in a timely manner.

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Nail Gun Safety", accessed on March 7, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Let Us Help You With Your Legal Issue

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Law Office of Richard F. Maffett Experienced Harrisburg, PA Attorney

Law Office of Richard F. Maffett 2201 North 2nd Street Harrisburg, PA 17110 Toll Free: 888-246-5561 Phone: 717-260-3519 Fax: 717-233-2342 Map & Directions

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.