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Friday, September 23, 2011

Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) just released new guidance for residential home builders and construction contractors, subcontractors, and supervisors to prevent nail gun injuries.

Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors outlines types of triggers, describes key terms, highlights what is known about nail gun injuries, discusses common causes of nail gun injuries and gives six practical steps you can take to prevent these injuries:

  1. Use full sequential trigger nail guns
  2. Provide training
  3. Establish nail gun work procedures
  4. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE)
  5. Encourage reporting and discussion of injuries and close calls
  6. Provide first aid and medical treatment.

Click here for a PDF version of Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors.