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Pneumatic nailers (nail or staple guns) are powered by compressed air at pressures up to 100 pounds per square inch (psi). Handheld nail/stapling gun

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Fasteners/Attachments/Hoses Top
Potential Hazard:

  • There is always the danger of getting hit by one of the tool's attachments or by some kind of fastener the worker is using with the tool.
Possible Solutions:
  • Pneumatic tools that shoot nails, rivets, staples, or similar fasteners, and operate at pressures more than 100 pounds per square inch (6,890 kPa), must be equipped with a special device to keep fasteners from being ejected, unless the muzzle is pressed against the work surface.
Handheld nail/stapling gun in case with attachments

  • Pneumatic tools must be checked to see that they are fastened securely to the air hose to prevent them from becoming disconnected. A short wire or positive locking device attaching the air hose to the tool also must be used and will serve as an added safeguard.

  • If an air hose is more than 1/2 inch (12.7 millimeters) in diameter, a safety excess flow valve must be installed at the source of the air supply to reduce pressure in case of hose failure.

  • In general, the same precautions that are recommended for electric cords should be taken with air hoses, as the hoses are subject to the same kind of damage or accidental striking. An air hose also presents tripping hazards.

Flying Objects Top
Potential Hazard:

  • Like other pneumatic tools, there is a hazard of flying concrete, wood chips, and/or nails.
Possible Solutions:
  • Compressed air guns should never be pointed toward anyone. Workers should never "dead-end" a pneumatic gun against them selves or anyone else. A chip guard must be used when compressed air is used for cleaning.
Handheld nail/staple gun in carrying case
  • Eye protection is required, and head and face protection is recommended, for employees working with pneumatic tools.

  • Screens also must be set up to protect nearby workers from being struck by flying fragments around chippers, riveting guns, staplers, or air drills.

Noise Top
Potential Hazard:

  • Noise levels from some pneumatic tools can cause permanent hearing damage or complete loss of hearing.
Possible Solution:
Headphones/hearing protection device
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