Retail chains that carry nail guns may offer misleading information about the gun’s safety - that is, if they offer any safety information or advice at all.
According to Occupational Health and Safety Magazine, a study by researchers at Duke University uncovered some unsettling news about the sale and purchase of nail guns. Researchers conducted a study in which they visited 217 home-improvement stores that sell directly to contractors or retailers. The researchers, posing as contractors or “weekend warriors” planning a construction project, asked store employees about the nail guns available and whether the guns had any safety issues the users should be aware of.
At almost three-quarters of the stores, however, researchers received misinformation about the safety risks posed by nail guns, such as information that the nail guns were safe to use despite stories of users who were injured by the same nail gun. At 59 percent of the stores, researchers received no safety information at all, even when they asked specific questions about nail guns and safety issues related to particular types of nail gun. The researchers concluded that the salespeople didn’t have access to the safety information customers need, and that the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) would be wise to create safety standards for nail gun use.
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