Nail gun injuries

J Trauma. 1993 Dec;35(6):943-5. doi: 10.1097/00005373-199312000-00023.


The nail gun is a potentially dangerous device that is commonly used in the construction industry to drive various sizes of nails into wood or concrete. These devices appear to be used without sufficient training and they can be easily obtained by the general public. We report a series of injuries caused by nail guns. The pattern of these injuries and the mechanism of their production suggest that the safety mechanisms on the guns and the protective clothing worn by operators of the guns do not prevent injuries. We call for a review of operator training and the design of both the safety mechanism of nail guns and the protective clothing worn by operators. If necessary, modifications should be introduced to reduce the likelihood and severity of such potentially serious injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Construction Materials*
  • Hand Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Hand Injuries / epidemiology
  • Hand Injuries / etiology*
  • Hand Injuries / prevention & control
  • Hand Injuries / surgery
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Knee Injuries / etiology*
  • Knee Injuries / prevention & control
  • Knee Injuries / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health
  • Protective Clothing
  • Radiography
  • Wounds, Penetrating / diagnostic imaging
  • Wounds, Penetrating / epidemiology
  • Wounds, Penetrating / etiology*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / prevention & control
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery