Posted on November 7, 2017 by Jorie Helms


Pneumatic nailers, more commonly referred to as nail guns, have certainly made work more efficient, but their speed and power has led to serious injuries on the job.

Nail guns are a leading cause of injury for carpenters and responsible for an estimated 25,000 work-related emergency room visits each year.

This video describes some critical dos and don’ts of nail gun use and is available in English and Spanish. You can share it and the accompanying handout at your next worksite safety meeting.

Nail Guns: How Do Injuries Happen?

  • Unintended nail discharge from double fire
  • Unintended nail discharge from knocking the safety contact with the trigger squeezed
  • Nail penetration through lumber work piece
  • Nail ricochet after striking a hard surface, metal feature or wood knot
  • Bypassing safety mechanisms

To view other Video Toolbox Talks and download the printable handouts, visit All are available in English and Spanish. Be on the lookout for more safety videos coming soon.

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