NIOSH, OSHA issue nail gun guidance for contractors

September 21, 2011

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.