Life-Threatening Nail Gun Injuries

Beaver, Anne-Corinne; Cheatham, Michael L.
December 1999
American Surgeon;Dec1999, Vol. 65 Issue 12, p1113
Academic Journal
The use of pneumatic and explosive cartridge-activated nail guns is common in the construction industry. The ease and speed of nailing these tools afford enhance productivity at the cost of increased potential for traumatic injury. Although extremity injuries are most common, life-threatening injuries to the head, neck, chest, or abdomen and pelvis may occur. During a 20-month period, eight potentially life-threatening nail gun injuries were admitted to a Level I trauma center, including injuries to the brain, eye, neck, heart, lung, and femoral artery. Mechanism of injury included nail ricochet, nail gun misuse due to inadequate training, and successful suicide. Nail guns have significant potential for causing severe debilitating injury and death. These findings indicate a need for improved safety features and user education. The various types of nail guns, their ballistic potential, and techniques for operative management are discussed.


Related Articles

  • Nail projectiles propelled by a mason's lacing cord: an experimental approach. Frank, Matthias; Grossjohann, Rico; Schikorr, Wolfgang; Tesch, Ralf; Lange, Jörn; Ekkernkamp, Axel; Langner, Sönke; Bockholdt, Britta; Tost, Frank // International Journal of Legal Medicine;Jan2013, Vol. 127 Issue 1, p153 

    The recent clinical observation of two unintentional penetrating ocular and cerebral injuries due to 90-mm construction nails gave occasion to an experimental study to check the alleged trauma mechanism for plausibility. Both casualties reported that they had attached a mason's lacing cord to...

  • Self-care. Lee, Kate; Mason, Michael; Strauss, Evelyn; Tucker, Patrick; Spitz, Tullan // Health (Time Inc. Health);Jul/Aug98, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p23 

    Presents advice to follow in the event of stepping of a nail. When to see a doctor if home remedies fail.

  • Study Cites Causes, Prevention of Hand Injuries.  // Gases & Welding Distributor;Jul/Aug2002, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p12 

    Reports that fingers and hands are the most frequent body parts injured at work and treated in hospital emergency departments in New England. Type, location and severity of occupational hand injuries; Jobs that have the risk of hand and finger injuries.

  • Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Work-related Fatalities Technical Note.  // Compensation & Working Conditions;Spring2001, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p69 

    Provides information on occupational injuries and illnesses in the U.S. Data from the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries; Profiles of fatalities occurring to specific groups of workers; Details on how fatalities occur.

  • The changing composition of lost-workday injuries. Ruser, John W. // Monthly Labor Review;Jun99, Vol. 122 Issue 6, p11 

    Presents facts about the changes in occupational injury and illness rates of workers. Trend in injuries suffered by employees from 1976 to 1997; Demographic data of injuries suffered by employees; Contributing factors to injuries suffered by workers.

  • Preliminary Estimates of Work Injuries in 1964. Schmidt Jr., Fred W. // Monthly Labor Review;Apr65, Vol. 88 Issue 4, p419 

    Presents preliminary estimates of work injuries in the U.S. in 1964. Disability charges; By industry group.

  • Young workers most likely to be injured. Barnsley, Paul // Saskatchewan Sage;May2000, Vol. 4 Issue 8, p10 

    Reports the incidence of industrial accidents among young workers in Regina, Saskatchewan. Inference to the survey of Saskatchewan Labor Department; Introduction of April 28 as the 'Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured in Job'; Concerns of First Nation leaders on the incident.

  • List of figures.  // A-Z of Health & Safety;2006, preceding p3 

    The article lists figures that are found in the book "The A-Z of Health and Stafety," including accident costing form, hazard report, and form 2508: report of an injury or dangerous occurrence.

  • Preventable Eye Injuries Cause Tremendous Suffering, High Costs.  // Professional Safety;Apr2002, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p1 

    Reports on the wage and productivity losses faced by employers from workplace eye injuries. Welding equipment and tools that contributed to increase eye injuries in 2001; Ways to help employers in protecting workers' eyes.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics