03:43 am, Friday 5 November, 2010
WorkSafe Victoria says 11 people were injured across Melbourne because of nail gun accidents since May, including five in September alone.
Of the 11, two people were struck to the head by 5cm nails. One person pulled out a nail that was lodged near his eye.
Shaun Columbine, Ambulance Victoria paramedic team manager, said being shot with a nail gun can have adverse effects.
“One of those injured is an 18-year-old man who had the nail lodge into his head in an accident at Footscray,” he said.
“The accident has had a major impact on the man’s life.
“It’s important that people realise how dangerous nail guns can be, and how easily accidents can happen. One of those hurt was being supervised at a TAFE college.
“A 34-year-old man who was shot in the leg at Epping last month, was also injured in a similar accident in September last year.
Mr Columbine said a person involved in such an emergency, should not pull the nail out and instead call for help.
“Anyone who has a foreign object like a nail embedded into their body should leave it in place and call 000.
“Pulling the nail out can cause more damage and lead to serious bleeding,” he said.
“Leaving the nail in allows it to be safely removed in surgery.”