Brad nailer is one of the most popular devices you’ll find among other applications in the carpentry industry. This is because they save you a few hours a day. It is, however, a power tool and, like all power tools, it is very dangerous particularly when it is not being properly used.
Thousands of injuries resulting from improper use of these tools are reported each year. Most of these injuries are for the fingers and hands; this is due most of the time to the fact that they are the ones in direct contact with the tool. Certain injuries include; dislocated knees, fractured bones, nerve system damage, and other minor injuries to different body parts.
Although accidents are unpredictable, some basic safety training will help prevent them while using these tools and help keep you safe
What is the safety measure should follow:
Use a sequential trigger, instead of an automatic trigger, which only shoots a nail when guided to do so and in a certain order. A sequential trigger requires that the user first direct the safety contact tip to the work area, and then pull the trigger to drive a nail.
You have to repeat the whole cycle in order to discharge the second nail, which means that there would be no risk of “double shot.”
Better still keep the finger off the trigger when not in use or when moving the nailer from place to place.
- Be sure that during service and during repair, no part of your body gets in the way of the best pneumatic brad nailer. Keep your hands off the point where the nail is ejected and the area to be nailed.
- Make sure you have the correct personal protective equipment ( PPE) with you, e.g. gloves, eye protection, earplugs while the device is being worked.
- Ensure the brad nailer is positioned against the surface of work, not fired in any other direction.
- Ensure the air hose is in condition, properly fastened and any faulty air hose should be immediately replaced. Be sure it is secure, and use the correct tape to prevent leakage.
- When possible, avoid constant use and take several periods to allow the equipment enough time to cool down which will help reduce vibrations and increase the concentration level.
There are some extreme level risks while you start working with any equipment. When you purchase these products there is a manual guide inside the packaging. Make sure you read all the steps and follow accordingly.
- Strictly adhere to the specific model’s operating instructions and specifications, as provided by the manufacturer in the user manual.
- To ensure smooth operation and that they are in good condition at all times, perform regular maintenance and inspection of the brad nailers and other associated equipment.
- Ensure daily clean-up exercise and proper equipment management in the work area to reduce journeys and hazards that occur.
- Alert people by putting up signage that there’s a nailing operation going on so they can keep off the place.
- Often train them on the safe use of the facilities and the danger involved if there are employees involved.
- Note to always remove air supply after use or during breaks.