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Date PostedSeptember 25, 2012

Preventing Nail Gun Injuries in Construction

Source : Eric Milot

Nail guns are an invaluable tool to construction workers because of the time saving advantages they present. They can make some tasks much easier and so their place has been secured on most building sites. However if abused nail guns can be very dangerous, causing massive and maybe even irreversible injury to workers such as blinding a worker.

Nail guns have the potential to save not only time but money as well but when handled incorrectly they can be lethal weapons in inexperienced hands.

Most nail gun accidents are caused when the tool is misused, either deliberately or inadvertently due to carelessness.

All workers who are engaged in nail gun use should be trained in its safe use. Nail guns must always be used according to manufacturer’s recommendations. Also PPE must always be used when working with a nail gun such as the appropriate safety eye glasses to protect the eyes from nails that may inadvertently hit into them.

It is also important to never point the gun in the direction of people or oneself, even if they seem too far away to cause damage. Have warning signs clearly displayed in areas where nail guns are in use, also never use in a congested area.

Never leave the gun on and unattended, make sure to turn it off before leaving it.

Also make sure the tool is properly maintained and in good working order. Don’t ever use defective nail guns and make sure all defects are reported.


Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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