Safety Issues You Need to Know When Working with a Framing Nailer

News, Tools and Gadgets / Sunday, November 4th, 2018

The framing nailer is handy tools for quickly and efficiently connecting wood and other materials. They have made nails by hand practically redundant for professional construction workers and now also for themselves.

They can also be very dangerous if mistreated. Here are some Safety Issues You Need to Know When Working with a Framing Nailer.

Some of these safety issues may seem obvious, but I will cover the most critical safety instructions for those who do not know or need a summary – so by following them, you will not be on the list of those who will have accidents!

Keep an eye on the trigger

Only place your thumb on the trigger when you are set to fire. This is the main cause of accidental shooting! This principle concerns all tools or weapons with a trigger. Yes, never leave your finger on the trigger when roaming around or climbing a ladder, etc., as an unexpected fall may cause you to pull it accidentally.

Most nail guns have a safety feature that requires the nailer’s head or muzzle to be depressed before it can fire (contact trigger with two actions).

But do not let yourself fall! It is the unfortunate experience of many experienced carpenters that the trigger is in a drawn state to be fired quickly and that the muzzle is accidentally depressed on a nearby thigh or knee! BAM!

Serious pain and injury will inevitably follow. This section helped me to write my friend Mary. Follow his article here.

If you use a nail gun with a contact, as is the case with most framed nail guns, you need to have just the right touch to prevent the recoil of the gun from causing a second nail to be shot directly at the first one, Usually this is easy, as you only swing the gun and let it bounce off the work when the nail ignites.


Mind about your workmates

Make sure there is no person on the other side of the workpiece to be nailed. For example, thin plywood can be easily pierced and left when there is no additional stock on the other side.

Nailing plywood from outside a building that is based solely on chalk lines or guidelines that have been imprinted by the manufacturer can be misleading and may result in you firing a nail that has no framing.

Wear eye protection

Nails usually come in rolls that are interconnected by metal wiring. A hammer “pushes” the nails out of this fixture when the trigger is actuated.

However, the small portions of metal wiring can fly in unexpected directions if there is no protection device. Many people remove this protection because it covers the exact position of the mouth.

If you do not have eye protection or do not want to wear it, the latter is my attitude. Make it a habit of looking away while shooting. Apart from that, it is unlikely that you or anybody will look away faithfully every time you fire a nail, especially if you fire for a long time in a row.

So, if you do not need to put on eye protection, be prepared to cause pain and harm caused by a piece of steel wire on the eyeball.

Check the Direction before shooting

Make sure nails pop out in unexpected directions due to wood grain and the presence of other nails and fasteners. It is not rare for nails, especially thinner nails such as sizing nails, to take an unpredictable path and even protrude 90 degrees or more from the intended area.

Do not assume that the nail follows a particular trajectory, as unforeseen obstacles can cause the nail to become distracted.

Every nail gun used for the frame should have a skyhook. Skyhooks are attached to the side of the nail gun and can be used to grip wooden frames. This is extremely useful when working in high areas, framing roofs or floors.



If you are a specialist or a carpenter who works in the construction industry, the above safety tips will guarantee your wellbeing and that of your workmates if any.