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					Nail Gun Safety
Nail guns are probably one of the most widely used tools in construction today. They have evolved substantially over the years with safety features and design Nail guns can fire nails so quickly, sometimes workers get a little carried away. We have all seen that one worker on the site shooting hundreds of nails while stick framing. When you do that there is a good chance you can double fire, miss fire, or injure a nearby co-worker. Hazard assessment 7(1) An employer must assess a work site and identify existing and potential hazards before work begins at the work site or prior to the construction of a new work site. 7(2) An employer must prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified. 7(3) An employer must ensure that the date on which the hazard assessment is prepared or revised is recorded on it. 7(4) An employer must ensure that the hazard assessment is repeated (a) at reasonably practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, (b) when a new work process is introduced, (c) when a work process or operation changes, or (d) before the construction of significant additions or alterations to a work site. Management Directive Discuss nail gun practices, inspect nail guns for damaged parts, and talk about the need to wear personal protective equipment when working with nail guns. Here are some tips to keep you safe when working with nail guns:  Use eye protection with side shields when using nail guns.  Use hearing protection when operating the tool.  Never assume the tool is empty, check the magazine.  Never engage in horseplay with nail guns, it is not a toy.  Never point the tool at anyone or yourself, even if think it is empty or disconnected.  Never load the tool with either the trigger or safety depressed.  Never operate the tool unless it is in contact with work.  Do not tamper with, disable, or remove any safety devices.  Do not attempt to modify the tool in any way.

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Never attempt to clear a jam without disconnecting the tool from the air line and removing the remaining fasteners from the tool. Never carry the tool with the trigger depressed. Never clamp the trigger in a locked operating position. Keep your tool clean, clean daily and lubricate as required.

In case of a tool malfunction:  Disconnect from air line immediately and remove all fasteners from magazine  Turn the tool over immediately to the person responsible for repair or attach a tag to the air inlet indicating the tool should not be used.  Do not re-connect to the air line until the tool is repaired and inspected. For detailed information on the tool installation, maintenance and loading instructions, refer to the tool owner’s manual.  Treat the tool with respect and it will perform safely and reliably for you.

But don’t forget to wear the other Safety Gear


				
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