While many construction workers, roofers and homeowners in California rely on nail guns to assist them with their work, these tools can cause serious injuries that could prove fatal. In fact, statistics reveal that approximately 37,000 people are admitted to the emergency room annually because of a nail gun injury. These injuries commonly happen when residential siding and roofing work is being performed, and especially while a home is being framed and sheathed.
The majority of these injuries are to the fingers and hands, with about a quarter of hand injuries affecting the victim's bones, nerves, joints or tendons. A small amount of people suffer injuries to their head, trunk and neck, while others have been left with broken bones, blindness or spinal cord damage from a nail gun accident. The most hazardous nail gun to use is the coil and stick type because it utilizes the biggest nails. These tools are typically used for framing and attaching siding, shingles and wood to a structure and require training to use correctly.