Nail guns are extremely useful to have around construction sites. However, according to recent reports nationwide, these handy pieces of equipment have also been a significant hazard. Nail guns are quick, air-powered and automatically discharge multiple nails at a time. According to an article in the Sacramento Bee about the danger of nail guns, most nail guns can fire 30 nails a minute and those nails can travel 490 feet per second. In some cases, nail guns can become a dangerous weapon.
A national report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that the number of people affected by nail gun injuries adds up to 42,000 a year. That amounts to more than 100 people a day who are treated for nail gun injuries in emergency rooms across the United States. The cost of treating nail gun injuries is about $338 million a year in emergency medical care, rehabilitation and workers compensation, the CPSC study says.
In addition to operator inattention, serious nail gun accidents in Austin also occur because of defective nail guns. Nail gun operators or even bystanders can be injured or killed when a nail gun is not used properly or when it malfunctions. Nail guns can cause head injuries, serious eye injuries, soft tissue injuries, serious infections, or even death. Employers also have the responsibility to train workers to use these tools properly.
The construction profession utilizes a number of various tools in order to complete projects efficiently. One of these tools is the nail gun. Workers use nail guns to quickly adhere two pieces of wood or other building materials together to create a structure. However, because nail guns are designed to fire a nail into a building material at high speed (1,400 feet per second), they can cause serious injury if they are not used properly or if a nail gun is defective.
Most injuries sustained by nail guns are due to human error. The nail is connected with copper wire, which creates a shrapnel-like affect. Workers who don’t use proper air pressure, use the trigger in the wrong mode, point the gun at someone or use improper hoses can cause serious injury or even death to another employee. Depending on where the nail enters the body, injuries can range from eye and facial injuries to internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries.
If a worker is harmed by a nail gun on the job due to someone else’s negligence, an unsafe work environment or other work place hazard, he or she may be entitled to compensation. Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event that an employee is injured. However, depending on the severity of injuries and a variety of other factors, the amount of benefits may not be sufficient to cover the worker’s expenses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Austin nail gun accident while on the job, you deserve to know your rights. As Texas nail gun accident attorneys, we at Reynaldo Diaz Jr, P.C. understand the burden that a work related injury can place on an injured individual and their family. You shouldn’t have to suffer through an injury or deal with insurance companies by yourself. The lawyers at Rey Diaz want to ensure that you are compensated fairly so that you can begin to heal and get back to work as quickly as possible.
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