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    NIOSH, OSHA issue nail gun guidance for contractors

    September 21, 2011

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    Washington – NIOSH and OSHA have developed a new guidance document to help construction employers and their workers avoid the dangers of nail guns.

    Released Sept. 21, Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors (.pdf file) covers the following steps for nail gun safety:

    • Using the full sequential trigger
    • Providing training
    • Establishing nail gun work procedures
    • Encouraging reporting and discussion of injuries and close calls
    • Providing first aid and medical treatment

    According to OSHA, nail gun injuries occur during unintended nail discharge, nails bouncing off a hard surface or missing the target, or when the gun’s safety features are disabled.

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