Nail Gun Safety – Four Framing Carpenter Tips

If you're a framing contractor or a carpenter who works in the construction business, there's a good chance that you know someone who has had a nail gun accident. I would like to share a couple of things that I have learned over the years, using pneumatic air powered nail guns, while framing homes.

1. Safety Glasses - The last few years that I worked as a framing carpenter, building tract houses, we were required to wear safety glasses. Even though I didn't like it, I obeyed the rules and I think that every carpenter should do the same. Make sure that you have safety glasses, whenever you're working with power tools and especially framing nail guns.

2. Every nail gun used for house framing should have a skyhook on it. Sky hooks fastened to the side of the nail gun and can be used to grip on to framing lumber. This is extremely useful, when you're working in high areas, framing roofs or floors.

3. You should never be in a hurry, while you're using power tools, including high-powered nail guns. I was shot in the leg, by another worker who was in a hurry and I even shot myself in the hand one time, because I didn't have the lumber positioned correctly. There are plenty of construction accidents that happen each year, simply because someone was in a hurry. You don't need to be one of them.

4. Don't point or shoot your nail gun at anybody. This was something that happened on the job often as carpenters would take on a Rambo war hero mentality and start shooting at things, including other people. Nail guns are dangerous and you shouldn't forget that it's your responsibility to maintain a safe work environment.

It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that some tools used in the construction industry, especially those used for framing houses are dangerous. I hope that these four Carpenter framing tips have been helpful. Pass them on to other that you know who work in the construction industry.