Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Summary Statement

This NIOSH innovative publication(No. 2013–149) is also available in Spanish as Plática Directa Sobre Seguridad Con Pistolas De Clavos(número 2013–149, SP2013). These publications use a comic format to illustrate the potential risks of injury using nail guns and how these risks can be reduced. Real-life examples from residential building construction are used to explain nail gun injury risks related to the two different nail gun triggering systems and a variety of residential framing nailing tasks. The information in this publication is based on NIOSH focus group discussions with residential building subcontractors, safety specialists and workers. For further information, check out "Nail Gun Safety, A Guide for Construction Contractors" (NIOSH Publication No. 2011-202/OSHA Publication No. 3459-8-11). This publication can be used in conjunction with safety training required by OSHA or to reinforce previous nail gun safety training. However, distribution of this publication alone will not satisfy OSHA safety training requirements.
May 2013