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					Pneumatic Nail Gun Safety
                  Injury Statistics
• Injuries have increased
  since 1991 due to
  higher use of nail guns
                   Statistics
• 60% of nail gun injuries are to workers
• Annual average of nail gun injuries to workers
  from 2001-2005 was 22,200
           OSHA Regulations
• Employer must provide head protection if there is
  a possible danger from flying or falling objects
• Employer must provide eye protection if
  equipment presents a potential eye injury risk
• Nail guns must have a safety device to prevent the
  tool from firing unless the muzzle is in contact
  with the work surface
Common Accidents
        • Hands and fingers
          account for 66% of
          injuries
        • Lower extremities
          receive 24%
Common Accidents
        • 87% of injuries are
          puncture wounds or
          wound with a foreign
          body
        • 4% of injuries resulted
          in fractured bones
        • 94% of victims were
          treated and released
               Accident Causes




• Unstable or cluttered working conditions
• Modification of safety features
• Many guns are modified to shoot without depressing their
  tip
• Leads to accidental firing
          Accident Prevention
•   Provide training for employees
•   Do not modify safety features
•   Follow instructions
•   Wear eye and ear protection
•   Fire only when firmly pressed against wood
•   Disconnect from air supply when servicing
    or leaving unattended
         Accident Prevention
• Work from a stable surface
• Do not point gun at others
• Use guns with sequential tip triggers, which
  require the tip to be pressed before each
  trigger pull
• Keep hoses out of walkways
Accidents
     • Employee had a nail
       gun on his belt while
       working behind
       another employee.
       The employee turned
       and his nail gun
       automatically shot the
       victim’s shoulder.
       The victim fainted and
       fell to his death
                  Accidents
• Worker on a ladder
  shot himself in the
  chest and died before
  an ambulance arrived
                  Summary
• Use nail guns only in
  stable work areas
• Provide proper
  training


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