March 22, 1976

Stud Gun Injuries

Author Affiliations

St Petersburg, Fla

JAMA. 1976;235(12):1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260380013002

To the Editor.—  The stud gun, an industrial tool at least as lethal as a firearm of comparable caliber and charge, fires a pin or threaded stud into concrete or steel. Accurate statistics of injuries inflicted by these tools are unavailable; the only data produced by a query to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was a table showing 56 such accidents in the state of New York during the years 1966 to 1970. Stud gun injuries were reported frequently in the early '60s,1-4 and in 1970, Spitz and Wilhelm5 published a review and experimental study of the tool's lethality. In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Act (29CFR, 1910. 243) regulated the use of explosive-actuated fastening tools to prevent the types of accidents that had occurred.The following cases have come to my attention. A 50-year-old welder was fatally shot with a stud gun