Nail gun injury inquiry

Tuesday, 02 August, 2005

The way nail guns are used (bump firing) and the level of training may be factors to explain the number of nail gun related injuries, according to a recent study by the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The five-year study, co-authored by hospital emergency medicine specialist Dr Jonathan Knott, looked at 600 nail gun-related injuries over five years. Three-quarters of the injuries were in the construction industry. The study, reported in issue 595 of Occupational Health News, looked at the injury patterns. Three-quarters of the injuries were to the hand and fingers mostly on the non-dominant side, which could be a range of bump firing.

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