Increase of Nail Gun-Associated Injuries in Work-Related Settings


Young males in the work environment are subjected to a greater risk of getting a nail gun injury to a non-dominant hand according to a recent study.

Dr. James Ling, Dr. Natalie Ong, and Dr. John North, from Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, wrote an article in Emergency Medicine Australasia describing how nail guns are being commonly used in the building and construction industry because they increase productivity and are relatively easy to use. Despite the benefits of nail guns in a work setting, the frequency of nail gun-associated injuries has soared. The risk is also present for public consumers that use nail guns for personal use.

A previous study demonstrates that three times the increase of ED presentations from consumer-related nail gun injuries from 1991 to 2005, corroborates with the availability of pneumatic nail guns to the general public. In the most recent study, only four cases (4.6%) were sustained in a non-work related setting.

Nail gun injuries pose a significant loss of productivity and great financial cost. According to data obtained from Queensland Employee Injury Data Base, there was an average of 81 worker’s compensation claims for nail gun injuries each year over the past five years in Queensland. This type of injury results in an average of 15 days off work.

According to the report, “Whilst nail gun injuries involving the skull, chest, and abdomen have been reported, the last majority of injuries occur to the upper and lower limbs.” The occurrence of nail gun injuries in contaminated environments usually means that nails can contain metal barbs or may be coated with polymer or plastic which may be embedded in the wound.

For further questions regarding these injuries, Valley Occupational Medical Center, can answer any of your inquiries. Please do not hesitate to call us.



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