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Nail Gun Injuries Soar

200% Rise in Emergency Care for Consumers' Nail Gun Injuries From 1991 to 2005
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

April 12, 2007 -- Nail gun injuries send nearly 37,000 people per year to hospitals, and do-it-yourselfers may be particularly at risk, according to new CDC data.

The CDC today reported that the number of consumers seeking emergency treatment at hospitals for nail gun injuries rose 200% from 1991 to 2005.

That trend is likely due to the increase in the availability of nail guns at home hardware stores, but no sales data are available to confirm that, notes the CDC.

Workers and consumers should make sure that their nail gun has a safety feature called a sequential-trip trigger, says the CDC in a news release.

The CDC also says additional training material on nail gun safety should be provided wherever nail guns are sold and rented.

Nail Gun Injuries

The new statistics come from hospital emergency rooms nationwide.

Data from 2001 to 2005 show that most nail gun injuries -- 60% -- occurred in workers.

Most nail gun injuries occur in men, affect the upper body, and include puncture wounds, bone fractures, and eye injuries, according to the report.
The findings appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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