NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Has an employer ever asked you to do something that violated your code of ethics as a safety professional?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today
    Safety Tips | Hand tools

    Nail gun safety

    July 1, 2012

    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    When used improperly, pneumatic nail guns can cause severe injuries in a number of ways. When the gun shoots nails all of the way through a material, it could puncture a worker behind the nailing surface, OSHA warns. Additionally, the gun can blow fragments off the nailing surface or fire a nail through electrical wires.

    A combination of safe work practices and appropriate personal protective equipment can help mitigate these risks.

    OSHA recommends:

    • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when using a nail gun.
    • Ensure the tool meets all applicable OSHA guarding standards.
    • Wear safety glasses that provide a side shield.
    • Never attempt to modify or circumvent a safety feature.
    • Keep your fingers away from the trigger when not driving nails.
    • Consider using a sequential gun that requires both the trigger and the nose of the gun to be depressed before firing.
    • Always disconnect the gun before performing maintenance, moving to another work area or clearing jams.
    • Position yourself and your free hand out of the line of fire, and watch out for co-workers behind the nailing surface. Never point a nail gun at someone.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.