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What general safety principles should you follow when using pneumatic nailing and stapling tools?

  • Permit only experienced and trained people to operate pneumatic nailing and stapling tools.
  • Wear safety glasses or goggles, or a face shield (with safety glasses or goggles) and, where necessary, use hearing protection.
  • Inspect each tool before connecting it to the air supply:
    • Check tool safety mechanisms if applicable.
    • Tighten all screws and cylinder caps securely.
  • Check for correct air supply and pressure before connecting a tool.
  • Check that the tool is correctly and securely connected to the air supply hose, in good working order, and has a fully operating safety mechanism before using.
  • Always handle a tool as if it is loaded with fasteners (nails, staples, etc.).
  • Equip tools with a work-contacting element that limits the contact area to one that is as small as practical.
  • Make sure that the mechanical linkage between work-contacting element and trigger is enclosed.
Pneumatic Stapler
  • Disconnect tool from air supply when not in use and during cleaning or adjustment. Before clearing a blockage, be sure to depress the trigger to exhaust all air from the tool.
  • Use only fasteners recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Permit only properly trained people to carry out tool maintenance.

What should you avoid when using pneumatic nailing and stapling tools?

  • Do not point the tool toward yourself or anyone else whether it contains fasteners or not.
  • Do not operate at a pressure above the manufacturers' rating.
  • Do not depress the trigger unless the nose piece of tool is directed onto a safe work surface.
  • Do not carry a tool with the trigger depressed.
  • Do not load a tool with fasteners while the trigger is depressed.
  • Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance.
  • Do not use compressed air to blow debris or to clean dirt from clothes.
Do Not Clean With Compressed Air

Refer to Powered Hand Tools - Basic Safety for Pneumatic Tools for general safety tips for using tools powered by compressed air.

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Document last updated on December 20, 2013

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