Pneumatic nail guns are common tools now readily available to consumers, extending to the public what had been primarily a potential work-related hazard. To characterize nail-gun injuries in work and nonwork settings, CDC studied data on patients with nail-gun injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during 2001–2005. The results indicated that an average of 37,000 patients were treated for nail-gun injuries each year, with 40 percent of injuries occurring among consumers and that injuries in nonwork settings had tripled from 1991 to 2005. Created: 4/13/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 6/22/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
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Nail-Gun Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments—United States, 2001–2005
June 22, 2007
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safer, healthier people.
Speed and ease-of-use have made nail guns a common tool for construction
professionals and do-it-yourselfers, but nail guns can cause serious injuries.
Over 37,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year for nail gun
injuries. One of the best ways to prevent injuries is to use a nail gun equipped
with a sequential trigger mechanism which is designed to prevent misfiring.
Learning how to use a nail gun properly is also important. Some home
improvement stores offer training on safe use and can help determine if the
gun you plan to use has the safer trigger mechanism.
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