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Continued progress in the prevention of nail gun injuries among apprentice carpenters: what will it take to see wider spread injury reductions?

Authors
Lipscomb-HJ; Nolan-J; Patterson-D; Dement-JM
Source
J Saf Res 2010 Jun; 41(3):241-245
NIOSHTIC No.
20037138
Abstract
Problem: Nail guns are a common source of acute, and potentially serious, injury in residential construction. Method: Data on nail gun injuries, hours worked and hours of tool use were collected in 2008 from union apprentice carpenters (n = 464) through classroom surveys; this completed four years of serial cross-sectional data collection from apprentices. A predictive model of injury risk was constructed using Poisson regression. Results: Injury rates declined 55% from baseline measures in 2005 with early training and increased use of tools with sequential actuation. Injury rates declined among users of tools with both actuation systems, but the rates of injury were consistently twice as high among those using tools with contact trip triggers. Discussion and impact: Nail gun injuries can be reduced markedly through early training and use of tools with sequential actuation. These successful efforts need to be diffused broadly, including to the non-union sector.
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Training; Education; Author Keywords: Nail Gun; Injury; Work-Related; Residential Construction; Injury Prevention; Injury Intervention
Contact
Hester J. Lipscomb, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3834, Durham, NC 27710
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20100601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hester.lipscomb@duke.edu
Funding Type
Construction; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0022-4375
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
NC; MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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