The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers that high-pressure airless paint spray guns may be hazardous under certain conditions.
According to the CPSC the problem may arise when the user's hand, finger, or other parts of the body come into close contact with the jet spray of paint. Because the paint in airless spray guns is ejected with a great deal of pressure and velocity, the user's skin may be penetrated, injecting paint into the underlying tissues. The resulting injury to the skin
and tissue may cause permanent damage or require surgical amputation
Animal studies done by the CPSC support the conclusion that the potential danger exists.
Airless spray guns are manufactured in two types. The large capacity units are used by professional painters and are available to consumers through rental outlets. A CPSC investigation found that many large capacity spray guns did not carry warning labels or written operating instructions.
The small capacity units, often called "Cup Guns," may be purchased by consumers for up to approximately $100.00 each.
According to the CPSC, 25 serious accidents involving airless paint spray guns have occurred. Seventeen of those victims required partial or total amputation of a finger.
The CPSC advises consumers who either rent or purchase an airless paint spray gun to read all operating instructions carefully. Consumers should never rent such equipment without receiving written operating instructions. In addition, the CPSC recommends that users never clean or attempt to unclog the nozzle while the machine is plugged in.
See a doctor if you are injured by a paint gun. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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