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Nail Gun / Staple Gun Safety Overview The procedures herein are detailed step by step processes for the safe handling and usage of an air powered nail gun and staple gun. Employees that may use one of these tools must be trained and demonstrate the proper handling technique and safe usage to the training supervisor before being permitted to use the devise. Any unauthorized use of one of these devises, or unsafe handling could lead to disciplinary action or termination. The purpose of these procedures is to ensure that the user and anyone in the area while this tool is in use is following all necessary safe practices and wearing the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to prevent injury. Nail Gun The nail gun is a tool that aids the user in the building or repairing of a pallet or crate needed for use by the shipping or receiving departments. It is a great time saving tool, but it must be used with caution and thought in order to make sure the pallet or crate is constructed in a safe manner. Nail Gun - Usage Before beginning any project requiring a nail gun, like repairing of a pallet, you will need to perform the following steps: Step 1 : Put on the required PPE: ANSI Z87.1 Approved safety glasses with side protection or goggles, work gloves, ear protection. Note: If the construction process requires two people, the second person must have on the appropriate PPE as well. Nail Gun - Usage Step 2 : Assemble the materials that will be used for the project. Pallets needing repair must be brought to the maintenance area. Step 3 : Remove the nail gun from its 5-S storage location and examine for any visible damage or defects. If anything is found, contact the manager or maintenance. Nail Gun - Usage Step 4 : The nail gun must be regularly lubricated (under saw table) internally each morning before initial use to maintain proper working order. Before connecting air hose place 1 -2 drops of lubricating oil down the gun air hose connection. Step 5 : Before the air hose is connected, select the type of nail (under the saw table) to be used on the project. This nail gun can use 2 inch to 3.25 inch nails. Nail Gun - Usage Loading: To load the nail gun, do the following: 1. Pull back magazine loading lever to lock open position. 2. Place nail clip into magazine tray with the nail heads angled towards the back of the Nail Gun - Usage Loading: 3. Press magazine locking lever to close magazine. 4. The nail gun is now loaded and ready for air hose connecting. Nail Gun - Usage Connecting: Connect the air hose to the nail gun by sliding back the brass hose coupling and place on gun air hose connection point nozzle. When this is completed the gun is now ready for use. DO NOT POINT the gun at anyone, always point the gun in a downward position. Note: Required pressure for usage is between 90 and 120 psi. Make sure air compressor is on the proper setting. Nail Gun - Usage Before you begin: When you are working with the nail gun, make sure your work surface is stable. Use clamps to hold wood surfaces together. If the task requires more than one person, ask for assistance – helper must also have PPE. Nail Gun - Usage Nailing: When nailing, make sure the gun head is at a 90 degree angle to the wood surface, push the nail head firmly against the wood surface and squeeze the trigger. The operator’s hands and feet must be at least 12 inches away from the nail point of impact area. When the gun needs to be reloaded disconnect the air hose before reloading the nail gun. Please repeat Step 4 – lubrication prior to the next use. Nail Gun - Usage Jam: In the event of a jam, disconnect the air hose. Once disconnected, pull back magazine lock and remove any nails. If the jammed nail is accessible, use needle nose pliers or flathead screw driver to dislodge. If you cannot remove the nail, call your manager, lead person or maintenance department. Never look down the nail mechanism! Nail Gun - Usage Finished: When your job is completed, disconnect the air hose and unload the nail gun. Place the nail gun, unused nails and safety glasses or goggles back in its 5-S storage space, return unused nails to the appropriate box. Clean up the shop area thoroughly, clean of sawdust, nails or pieces of wood. Carton Stapler The carton stapler is the ideal tool for securing tri-fold boxes. When handled properly and combined with wearing the proper PPE, it is very efficient in completing the job at hand. This tool is not to be used unless the operator is trained and can demonstrate its safe operation to the training manager or Lead person. Anyone using this staple gun that has not been properly trained, mis-using it or not wearing the proper PPE, will face disciplinary action that could include termination. Carton Stapler - Usage Before beginning any project requiring a carton stapler, you will need to perform the following steps: Step 1 : Put on the required PPE: Before the staple can be used, the operator must put on the proper PPE (eye ware) found on the 5-S Board located in the Cut Yardage department. Carton Stapler - Usage Step 2 : Remove the staple gun from its storage area on the packaging table. Step 3 : Check the staple gun for and visible damage or defect. If there is anything found, contact the manager or maintenance department. Carton Stapler - Usage Loading: To load the carton stapler, do the following: 1. Pull the circular magazine lever back and down to its locking position 2. Place the U shaped staples in the magazine track points down. Carton Stapler - Usage Loading: Release circular magazine lever to make contact with staple in magazine track. Before connecting air hose place 1 -2 drops of lubricating oil down the gun air hose connection. 3. Attached air hose to staple gun by pulling back brass fitting on hose and place it over gun air nozzle. Release the fitting coupling the hose to the staple gun. Carton Stapler - Usage Using: When stapling the carton, place the stapler firmly on the cardboard surface at a 90 degree angle and pull the trigger. Jam: In the event of a jam, disconnect the air hose. Once disconnected, Pull the circular magazine lever back and down to its locking position. Remove the remaining staples. If you can remove the jammed staples from the gun with a needle nose plier or flat head screw driver by yourself, go ahead and do so. If not, call your manager, lead person or maintenance department. Never look down the nail mechanism! Air Compressor Drainage The air compressor is the driving force behind pneumatic tools such as the air gun and stapler. To make sure this machine is working properly, periodic maintenance on the machine must be performed. The air tank is one area that has a tendency to retain water. This water over time will lead to rust build up, which can damage other components in the compressor or the air tools it is powering. Air Compressor Drainage Process: Step 1 : Turn the power switch to off on the compressor and also unplug from its power source. The top picture shows the compress power switch in the ON position and the bottom picture shows the switch in the OFF position. Open air valve to bleed off all air pressure inside the tank. Air Compressor Drainage Step 2 : At the bottom of the air tank there is a drainage valve. Turn the valve counter clockwise and drain water inside the tank. Place a soaker pad under the valve to catch the water that will drain from the tank. When the water stops flowing, close valve by turning it clock wise. Plug compressor back in to its power source and then turn the compressor motor on to refill tank.
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