CA Contractor Cited $225K After Nail Gun Injury
Originally published by: EHS Today — October 30, 2018
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Circle M. Contractors is facing two willful-serious violations after a carpenter at a residential construction site was seriously injured following an accident with a nail gun.
“Employers must effectively train workers to safely operate dangerous tools such as nail guns,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum in a statement. “The employer knew these tools are hazardous and did not take the necessary measures to protect their workers from injury.”
On April 17, a worker was using an air pressure-powered nail gun to frame wood at a construction site in Lake Forest. He was carrying the nail gun in his right hand with his finger on the trigger when a nail was unintentionally discharged into his left arm, according to the Cal/OSHA report.
Agency investigators discovered that Circle M Contractors workers did not receive hands-on training for operating nailing tools safely and that the Rancho Santa Margarita-based employer did not ensure workers carry nail guns only by the handle and not with their finger on the trigger.
The company has a history of nail gun incidents. A review of Circle M's injury log showed 34 instances of nail gun injuries suffered by employees since 2016.
In 2015, Cal/OSHA investigated after a Circle M Contractors worker installing hanger brackets slipped and discharged a nail into his knee. The agency cited the employer for failing to ensure workers carry nail guns only by the handle.
It was one of three investigations of Circle M Contractors that year following accidents in San Diego and Irvine. One worker fell 9 ft. while setting roof trusses and another worker fell from the second floor while removing guardrails.