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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have developed new guidance, “Nail Gun Safety — A Guide for Construction Contractors,” to help construction employers and workers prevent work-related nail gun injuries.
When used improperly, injuries and fatalities can result from power nailers, which are commonly used in residential construction to drive nails and staples into building materials.
The power nailer operator and even coworkers are at risk of being injured by these tools, most commonly with puncture wounds to the hands and fingers, which account for about 80% of injuries from nail guns.
Other injuries involving the face, eyes and vital organs can be more serious, even fatal. About two-thirds of power nailer injuries occur during the framing stage of construction.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels said that the new document “will help construction employers make necessary changes to improve nail gun safety and protect their workers from preventable injuries and death.”
The OSHA-NIOSH publication provides six practical steps that employers and workers can take to prevent injuries while using power guns:
- Use full sequential trigger nail guns.
- Provide training.
- Establish nail gun work procedures.
- Provide personal protective equipment.
- Encourage reporting and discussion of injuries and close calls.
- Provide first aid and medical treatment.
The video provides an overview of the key safety issues that residential builders and workers need to focus on to reduce accidents and injuries.
Based on the NAHB-OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook, this DVD is intended to be used as part of an essential residential construction safety-training program and includes two 20-minute videos on one DVD.
To view or purchase this DVD online, click here, or call 800-223-2665.