These aren’t my X-rays, but last night, while working with my Craftsman nail gun, I had the pleasure of shooting a 2″ nail into my thumb. The nail passed cleanly through without doing any real harm. On the positive side, I came up with a new combination of swear words, I now have a great deal more respect for air tools — and I’ve started taking safety a little more seriously.
The fingers incur the damage in about 43% of nail gun injuries, followed by the hand with 23% — the remaining 34% of injuries are mostly spread out among feet, thighs, wrists, and knees. The accidents occur mostly on construction sites. Often the injuries result from a modification to the nailer that removes the safety spring, so the nail fires as soon as the trigger’s pulled.
Check out the safety information and tips — I hope fellow Toolmongers won’t have to experience the pain of shooting themselves with a nail gun.