Nail Gun Safety

Nail Gun Safety – Resources

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.

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

Nail Gun Safety

Understanding the Risk
– How nail guns work
– How they injure
– How to prevent injury

– Training materials
– Research & related materials

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