Using A Nail Gun Safely
Nail Gun Safety
Nail guns or pneumatic nailers as the manufacturers prefer us to call them are extremely useful and productive tools. Their biggest advantage is speed and productivity as well as consistent depth of drive.
The problem with nails guns is that when accidents happen they happen fast and can be real serious. Each year thousands of workers are seriously injured while using nail guns. Many of these injuries did not need to happen. Using A Nail Gun Safely is paramount on the job-site.
Nail Gun Safety Tips:
Using A Nail Gun Safely is fairly straight forward with the following advice:
- Review the owner’s manual carefully with all operators.
- Have someone who is familiar with the tool demonstrate safe operating procedures. Then have each employee take a turn on the tool, and watch how each one performs.
- Always wear safety glasses.
- Don’t carry the tool with the trigger pulled
- Do not hold the trigger down unless you’re purposefully firing the tool. This is especially important when descending ladders.
- Never point the tool toward yourself or anyone else. . Treat the tool like a firearm. Never assume the tool is empty.
- Disconnect the air hose before clearing a jam or making adjustments.
- Disconnect the air supply when the tool is not in use
- Do not fire the tool unless the nose is firmly pressed against a work piece.
- Keep your free hand safely out of the way of the tool.
- Nail from the eaves to the ridge when nailing roof sheathing, this way you will not back off the edge of the roof.
- Move forward, not backward, when nailing horizontal areas.
- Secure the hose when working on scaffolding, to prevent the weight of the hose from dragging the tool off the scaffold if you set the tool down.