These resources offer information necessary to create a safe environment for you and your workers when working with or near nail guns.
OSHA-NIOSH: Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors
This guidance document describes OSHA safety training requirements in detail, with recommendations for safe use of nail guns and descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.
Nail Gun Media Fact Sheet – Highlights the risks associated with nail gun use, research findings on safer triggers, and recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH.
CPWR Hazard Alert: Nail Guns – a brief, image driven handout to help workers understand how to work safely with nail guns.
CPWR Toolbox Talk: Nail Guns – a short discussion guide for use by foremen or supervisors at the start of the workday to raise awareness of nail gun hazards and how to prevent an injury. It includes a brief case and questions to help with the discussion and an image that can be posted in a central location to remind everyone of the risks when working with nail guns and how to work safely.
The Safety Toolbox Talks are guides designed to easily disseminate safety and health information in the workplace. They incorporate effective elements, identified through NIOSH research, like case studies, discussion questions, and site-specific actions to promote a safety culture.
CPWR Infographics: Nail Guns – for use as posters, in social media, presentations or print materials as quick reminders of nail gun safety practices. Available in English and Spanish.
Nail Gun Safety – This 36-page presentation provides a visually-oriented overview of nail guns, their use and guidelines to help minimize the risk of injury.
Nail Gun Facts – It’s likely that research partners and veteran carpenters Dennis Patterson and James Nolan have talked to more carpenters about nail gun injuries than anyone else in the world. Find out what they learned.
Sounding the Alarm on Dangerous Nail Guns – CPWR-funded research raises awareness that use of the sequential trigger mechanism & training significantly reduce the risk of nail gun injuries.
Working with Nail Guns –How to Protect Yourself and Your Co-workers – Lynda Mueller and Steve Bonogurio, instructors with the St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (CJAP), share best practices they teach to other carpenters every day.
- Working with Nail Guns: The Facts (Part 1 of 3)
- Working with Nail Guns: The Facts (Part 2 of 3)
- Working with Nail Guns: The Facts (Part 3 of 3)
NIOSH: Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety
This booklet uses a comic format and real-life examples to illustrate the potential risks of traumatic injury using nail guns and how these risks can be reduced. This publication can be used conjunction with safety training required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or to reinforce previous nail gun safety training.
Research & related materials
- Surveillance of Nail Gun Injuries by Journeymen Carpenters Provides Important Insight Into Experiences of Apprentices
- Non-fatal Contact Injuries Among Workers In The Construction Industry Treated in U.S. Emergency Departments
- Continued Progress in the Prevention of Nail Gun Injuries Among Apprentice Carpenters
- Nonfatal Tool- or Equipment-Related Injuries Treated in U.S. Emergency Departments Among Workers in the Construction Industry
- How Much Time Is Safety Worth? A Comparison of Trigger Configurations on Pneumatic Nail Guns in Residential Framing, Public Health Reports, July-August 2008
- Prevention of Traumatic Nail Gun Injuries in Apprentice Carpenters: Use of Population-Based Measures to Monitor Intervention Effectiveness. American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2008)
- Nail Gun Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments — United States, 2001–2005, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 13, 2007
- Nail Gun Injuries in Apprentice Carpenters: Risk Factors and Control Measures, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 13 March 2006
- Nail gun injuries in residential carpentry; lessons from active injury surveillance; Injury Prevention, 2003
- Nail Gun Injuries Among Construction Workers, Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2003
- Buyer beware: personnel selling nail guns know little about dangerous tools. Hester J. Lipscomb, James Nolan, Dennis Patterson, Mark Fullen, Brandon Takacs, Lisa A. Pompeii. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, August 2011, Volume 54((8): 571-578, 2011
- Safety Warning: Pneumatic Nail Guns