Nail guns are powerful, easy to operate, and boost productivity for nailing tasks. They are also responsible for an estimated 37,000 emergency room visits each year – 68% of these involve workers and 32% involve consumers.
Nail gun injuries:
There are seven major risk factors that can lead to nail gun injury. Understanding them will help you to prevent injuries on your job sites.
- Unintended nail discharge from double fire;
- Unintended nail discharge from knocking the safety contact with the trigger squeezed;
- Nail penetration through lumber work piece;
- Nail ricochet after striking a hard surface or metal feature;
- Missing the work piece;
- Awkward position nailing; and
- Bypassing safety mechanisms.
- Prevent nail gun injuries:
- By taking these steps, employers can prevent nail gun injuries from occurring:
- Use full sequential trigger nail guns;
- Establish nail gun work procedures;
- Provide personal protective equipment (PPE);
- Encourage reporting and discussion of injuries and close calls; and
- Provide first aid and medical treatment.
IGNORING A WARNING…CAN CAUSE SUCH MOURNING!
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