Safety Tip of the Week – Safety with Nail Guns

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;
  • Provide training;
  • 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.
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