17.4.2 Nail/Air Gun Safety (Pneumatic Fastening Tools)
Nail guns and air guns are powered by compressed air. The main
danger associated with pneumatic fastening tools is injury from
one of the tool's attachments or fasteners.
Follow these safety guidelines for working with pneumatic
- Ensure that pneumatic tools which shoot nails, rivets, or
staples are equipped with a device that keeps fasteners
from ejecting unless the muzzle is pressed against a firm
- Never point a tool at items you do not want to fasten.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to
begin work. Most pneumatic tools have a hair-trigger
that requires little pressure to activate the gun.
- Treat air hoses with the same care as an electrical cord.
- Do not drive fasteners into hard, brittle surfaces or
areas where the fastener may pass through the material
and protrude on the other side.
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