WCVB Boston reports that a worker at a construction site in Waltham suffered from nail gun wounds to the chest. The injured construction worker attempted to go to the hospital with another worker, but ultimately needed an ambulance at Newton Street.
The construction worker was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. According to police, he was conscious and is expected to recover from the injury.
A Boston personal injury attorney knows that typically a nail gun accident occurs on the job at construction sites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pneumatic nail guns are a common work tool for construction sites because of its speed, user friendliness, and the fact that it is easily available.
Based on a study done by the CDC, construction workers suffered nail gun injuries on their hands, legs, other body parts, and arms. A total of 28,600 workers were injured by nail guns in 2005 nationwide.
While most workers who sustained such injuries were not hospitalized, there were still a staggering 1,500 workers that needed to be hospitalized for wounds to the trunk, nail fractures, and infected puncture wounds.
A Boston personal injury lawyer sees nail gun accidents happen on the job all of the time, but most construction companies either fail to conduct safety seminars, or don't have a safety policy in place with regards to nail guns. Luckily, the CDC has a podcast called Power Tools: Nail Down Safety First that workers can listen to before they start working with such a risky tool.
However for construction workers who are already injured, it may be too late. If you or a loved one has been hurt on the job with a nail gun, you owe it to yourself to meet with a Boston personal injury attorney to discuss the possibility of worker's compensation or even strict liability claims.
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