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The dangers of nail gun injuries on construction sites

Maryland employees may be interested in some information about one of the more common workplace injuries on construction sites: nail gun injuries. One government safety agency shows that these injuries may be preventable when the appropriate safety measures are taken.

For those who work in the residential construction industry, a nail gun is a powerful time-saving tool that increases productivity and is simple to operate. However, failure to adhere to safety guidelines when using these tools can lead to serious workers' injuries. Data from OSHA shows that nail guns are the cause of around 37,000 visits to the emergency room every year. Another study of apprentice carpenters reveals that two-fifths of them suffered a nail gun-related injury during their four years of apprenticeship. Most injuries involve the hands, but there are reports of much more serious injuries involving the eyes and internal organs.

OSHA outlines a six-step plan for avoiding nail gun injuries on the job. These include using the safest type of trigger mechanism, providing the appropriate on-the-job training in the proper use of the tool and creating strict procedural guidelines to address the dangers of improper use. OSHA also recommends that employers encourage reporting of workplace accidents and near misses, as well as the provision and use of protective equipment to avoid workplace injury. The employer should also be prepared to provide first aid and more comprehensive medical care for any injuries.

When a worker is injured on the job, whether by a nail gun, a fall or other type of workplace accident, an attorney may be able to help. The attorney may be useful in explaining an employee's rights with regard to workplace injuries. The attorney might also be able to file for workers' compensation on the employee's behalf.

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