Company Name __________________________ Job Name __________________________ Date________
Recently, three injury reports described the details of
accidents that occurred while employees were using pneumatic nail guns.
One injury resulted in an employee shooting himself through
the thigh. The nail was a Ring Shank and it embedded itself in the employee's
femur (large thigh bone) which was shattered by the impact. Surgery was required
to remove the nail.
Another case involved an employee who shot himself in the
In the third case, an employee injected a nail into the fleshy
part of his thigh.
All three investigations revealed that the nail gun safety
spring, which holds the nose guard in the extended position, was not in
place. This allowed the gun to discharge when the trigger was depressed
because the nose guard was easily slid back when the gun was placed against the
worker. The nose guard being depressed is like cocking a gun. Pulling the
trigger with the gun "cocked" will fire it.
A nail gun is not designed for rapid fire. Trying to alter the
rate of fire by removing the safety spring or keeping the trigger depressed will
eventually end up in a jammed gun, or worse yet, accidents like those described
General Safety Rules for Nail Gun Use:
1. Never use a nail gun with the nose guard safety spring
2. Be sure that when you carry a nail gun out of the work
area, you do not carry it connected to the electrical or air power source.
3. When you are moving about the work area - keep your finger
off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Make sure you have only placed the
nose guard against the material you are going to nail together.
4. Never rest the gun against any part of your body, or try to
climb a ladder with the gun cradled against your body.
5. Remember that a nail gun is a labor and time saving tool -- but it cannot save the time lost to an accident. Use it safely!!!
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