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NIOSH Offers "Straight Talk" on Nail Gun Safety

NIOSH Offers "Straight Talk" on Nail Gun Safety

23 June 2013

NIOSH recently published an informational comic strip about nail gun safety. Straight Talk About Nail-Gun Safety depicts workers discussing the dangers associated with nail guns and how to prevent injuries.

When working with nail guns, NIOSH recommends:

  • Always wear eye and hearing protection, safety shoes, and a hard hat.
  • Use the full sequential trigger when possible.
  • Operate the nail gun with your dominant hand and keep your free hand at least 12 inches away from the nailing location.
  • Allow space for the nail gun to recoil.
  • Do not engage in horseplay when operating a nail gun.
  • Carry the nail gun with your finger off the trigger.
  • Never remove or disable safety features on the nail gun.