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Keeping Co-Workers Safe from Nail Gun Injuries

If you routinely use a nail gun at work, you should be aware of just how dangerous it can be if used improperly. Nail gun injuries send 37,000 people to emergency rooms each year, and these visits are not limited to those directly working with nail guns. OSHA estimates that about 1 in 10 nail gun injuries happen to the user’s co-workers.

This happens when a nail becomes airborne or when workers accidentally fire contact trigger nail guns. Often using a nail gun requires the help of a co-worker, such as during framing and sheathing in construction. In these cases, chances of background injuries to the user’s coworkers increase.

What steps can you take to prevent that?

Always wear appropriate PPE when using nail gun and make sure those working near you safeguard themselves as well. Use signs to remind workers to always wear hard hats, high-impact eye protection, and ear protection when working with nail guns.

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