Studies have shown that risk of injury from use of nail guns is higher if you have not been trained in their proper use. Because training is not required for operating a nail gun, it may be challenging to find a class. Contact your community college or hardware retailer to find out about training. Training by an experienced user can be helpful. Regardless, observe the safety tips listed below.
Safety tipsNail guns injuries don’t have to happen. Consider these precautions:
These tips were prepared by the Sacramento Bee as part of a series of articles and videos on nail guns.
Off the trigger: Never carry a nail gun with your finger on the trigger. If the gun is equipped with a contact trigger, it could fire when the nose makes contact with any object, including your coworker.
Getting Attached: Pull the collar back on air hose, while placing the front of the nail gun away from you and others. Push down, then release the collar. Wear PPEs not just when operating a nail gun but when attaching the gun to the compressor. Place the gun in front of you on a work surface or the ground, to give you more leverage.
Protect yourself: When nailing overhead, remember to take your finger off the trigger as you lower the nail gun. Recoil when nailing in this type of position can be especially dangerous with a contact trip tool. If the user loses control the gun can hit him and inadvertently discharge a nail.