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Work Accidents » Nailgun workplace claims


One of the more dangerous hand-held tools available on the building site is a nail-gun, which has been involved in a huge number work accident claims in the past. While not all incidents are as drastic as an American worker who barely survived being shot in the head and spine with six long nails, the Health and Safety Executive has had to take action in several cases.

There are often steps that can be taken to avoid even small incidents.

No horseplay


There are some reports that the name of the tool, as it involves the word gun, can encourage users to risk causing a workplace injury through playing with the tool as if it were a firearm. This means that the tool is sometimes referred to as a nailer instead. Whatever name is used, it is a good idea to forbid all horseplay with power tools on a construction site.

Safety features


Many nail guns now come with a safety catch, preventing nails from being fired if the catch is not released. It is good advice to purchase models with this feature, and to check periodically that the feature is operative.

Safety clothing - gloves, steel-toed boots, padded jackets, and eye protectors - can all help to prevent a personal injury being sustained by the nail gun user.

Safety courses

There are courses in nail gun usage, such as the City and Guilds 2342: Safe use of Pneumatic and Gas Operated Nailers. These are not compulsory, but any employer whose workers sustain a construction injury through lack of appropriate training may well be held liable for the workplace accident.

Making a work accident claim for nail gun compensation


Have you been injured in a nail gun accident that was not your fault? If so, you may be eligible to make an industrial injury compensation claim. HappyClaim are the UK experts in this field of law, and will be able to find you the best no win, no fee lawyer for your case.

We work only with law firms that are governed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We also work on a completely free basis in all industrial injury claims, and guarantee that 100% compensation will pass to the claimant in a case that is successful, as most of our claims are.

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