Eleven unlucky people working in manufacturing and logistics warehouses have been injured in nail gun accidents across Melbourne since the start of May, including five in September, according to Ambulance Victoria.
Two of the 11 injured had five-centimetre nails lodged in their head, and another had pulled out a nail himself which entered near his eye.
Ambulance Victoria paramedic team manager Shaun Columbine says the horrific accidents can have devastating consequences.
“One of those injured is an 18-year-old man who had the nail lodge into his head in an accident at Footscray. The accident has had a major impact on the man’s life,” said Columbine.
“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.”
One of the 11 injured is a 34-year-old man who was shot in the leg at Epping last month, and was also injured in a similar accident in September last year.
“Anyone who has a foreign object like a nail embedded into their body should leave it in place and call 000,” said Columbine.
“Pulling the nail out can cause more damage and lead to serious bleeding. “Leaving the nail in allows it to be safely removed in surgery.”
Those injured include:
26 September: 34-year-old man shot in the leg in Epping
14 September: 20-year-old man shot in foot in Wyndham Vale
10 September: 41-year-old woman shot in the head in Bentleigh
9 September: 41-year-old man shot through finger in Dandenong South
1 September: 32-year-old man shot in knee in Mont Albert
24 August: 18-year-old man shot through finger in Newport
2 August: 16-year-old boy shot in hand in Northcote
21 June: 31-year-old man shot in leg in Essendon
10 June: 47-year-old man shot in finger in Sunbury
8 June: 26-year-old man shot in eye in Mt Waverley
4 May: 18-year-old man shot in the head in Footscray