Nail gun accidents, while they most often occur at work, also occur during use at home. The rise in the popularity of home improvements by homeowners gives way to increases in injuries from power tool accidents. Nail guns are great tools when it comes to wood construction, framing and roofing. However, they are very dangerous.
Due to lower prices and availability, homeowners are snapping up and using power tools like nail guns. In 2010, one home improvement store reported a staggering $14.6 billion in sales.
Inexperienced homeowners often rely on sales personnel at various home improvement stores to help them choose a nail gun. The problem is that many home improvement store employees are not trained well on the specifics of nail gun design, use, safety, etc.
A 2011 study by researchers at Duke University Medical Center’s Division of Occupational Medicine found that sales employees had little understanding of the safety issues with nail guns, such as the difference between the kinds of trigger mechanisms. Read about the study, Personnel Selling Nail Guns Know Little About the Dangerous Tools.
The study concluded that nail gun buyers cannot count on receiving accurate information from sales personnel about nail gun safety and risks.
Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey negligence laws, a home improvement store could face liability for failing to train its staff about nail gun safety, the different kinds of trigger mechanisms and how employees should advise consumers.
Any nail gun accident victim should speak to an experienced nail gun accident lawyer to discuss their case and preserve their rights.
Related PA & NJ nail gun accident articles:
- Power Tool Safety Issues in Products Liability Cases
- Common Claims Made in Nail Gun Accident Lawsuits
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Published: July 31, 2012