Home Nail-Gun Injuries Are on the Rise The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites 37,000 nail-gun injuries in its most recent annual report — up 200 percent since 1991. Home use may explain the trend. Injuries among professional construction workers remained static.
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Home Nail-Gun Injuries Are on the Rise

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Home Nail-Gun Injuries Are on the Rise

Home Nail-Gun Injuries Are on the Rise

Home Nail-Gun Injuries Are on the Rise

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites 37,000 nail-gun injuries in its most recent annual report — up 200 percent since 1991. Home use may explain the trend. Injuries among professional construction workers remained static.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

One way to avoid a big home loan is to buy a fixer-upper, but you should be careful with the risk there. Today's last word on business is this: there's a spike in nail gun injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they're through the roof -about 37,000 nail gun injuries per year and that is up 200 percent since 1991. Thanks to cheaper, more widely available nail-guns in home hardware stores. Here's the important point for weekend warriors - injuries among professional carpenters remains static, but consumer-related injuries soared. So next time you say, sure, I can fix that, factor in all the possible costs, please including the hospital stay.

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