Good Lord TG, You're absolutely right!. What on earth are people doing with these tools?. I've used nail guns before and I have the upmost respect for the things. I suppose it's just worker complacency more than anything. But, one small question, are the safety devices on these tools ever tested?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
#148210 - 01/12/0409:58 AMRe: 3 Latest Nail Gun Injuries
I guess for some of us it takes a one time mistake to learn. I was holding a piece of wood while making some cabinets using a nail gun. The nail did made a u-turn midway and pierced my thumb (no knots in the wood either). Now my hands are always kept over a nail length distance away. Shane
#148211 - 01/12/0402:16 PMRe: 3 Latest Nail Gun Injuries
The nail guns with which I am familiar must be pressed against the wood in order to fire, once the operator pulls the trigger.
However, some do have a switch to set off the gun by pressing it against the wood only, for speed (and I suppose to prevent repetitive-motion injuries to the trigger finger).
I am guessing that the nail guns in the news stories were of the pneumatic (compressor) kind, rather than the gas-cartridge ones. The gas-operated guns can be really nasty if one is not careful.
As mentioned above, that "U-turn" can cause some real bad "owies" (to quote my children). I heard a story of somebody up on a ladder, who managed to u-turn a nail into his thumb. He couldn't get down from the ladder because of his thumb being nailed. He was alone and had to wait for somebody to return. I don't have any further details; this was a story told to me a little while ago.
Don't sacrifice safety in the name of speed!
[This message has been edited by ThinkGood (edited 01-12-2004).]
#148212 - 03/13/0401:50 AMRe: 3 Latest Nail Gun Injuries