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Pneumatic Nail Gun Safety Factsheet by liaoqinmei


									Pneumatic Nail Gun Safety Factsheet
HS05-022C (8-08)

   The most popular nailing device used in light          • Use only compressed air to power the
and heavy construction is the pneumatic nail gun.            tool, not bottled gas. Do not exceed the
It uses the force from compressed air to drive nails         manufacturer’s specified air pressure for the
through hard surfaces. Recent injury accidents               tool.
involving the use of pneumatic nail guns have             • Keep your free hand safely out of the way of
raised concerns about safe operating procedures.             the tool.
These injury accidents could have been easily             • Do not operate the tool around flammables.
prevented by adhering to the following simple
                                                          • Nail top to bottom when nailing wall
safety procedures for the use of these tools:
                                                             sheathing in a vertical position.
  •   Review the owner’s manual carefully with            • Nail from the eaves to the ridge when nailing
      all operators. Have someone who is familiar            roof sheathing, this way you will not back
      with the tool demonstrate safe operating               off the edge of the roof.
      procedures. Then have each employee take            • Move forward, not backward, when nailing
      a turn on the tool, and watch how each one             horizontal areas.
      performs.                                           • Secure the hose when working on
  •   Always wear safety glasses.                            scaffolding, to prevent the weight of the hose
  •   Do not hold the trigger down unless you’re             from dragging the tool off the scaffold if you
      purposefully firing the tool. This is especially       set the tool down.
      important when descending ladders.                  Other risks to guard against while using a nail
  •   Keep people out of range of fire. Exercise       gun include being hit by one of the nail gun’s
      extreme caution when using an air tool           attachment or a fastener used with the tool and
      around another worker.                           being hit by flying concrete, wood chips and nails.
  •   Never point the tool at anyone. Treat the           Reprinted from Oregon OSHA.
      tool like a firearm. Never assume the tool is
  •   Disconnect the air hose before clearing a jam
      or making adjustments.
  •   Do not fire the tool unless the nose is firmly
      pressed against a work piece.

            The Texas Department of Insurance,
      Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI, DWC)
                                                                   Safety Violations Hotline
         E-mail                         1-800-452-9595
      or call 1-800-687-7080 for more information.    

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