powder actuated tools

Powder Actuated Tools

Powder Actuated Tools

Powder actuated tools are nothing more than a gun that fires a stud into a wall. As such, the safety rules that apply to firearm safety should almost always apply to the use of powder actuated tools. No one will be allowed to operate a powder actuated tool without proper training. The  rules discussed today are not intended to be a complete set, but serve as a reminder and a starter.

Guide for DiscussionPowder Actuated Tools

Hazard Examples

  • Flying particles
  • Studs being shot through the work area Studs ricocheting
  • Fire hazards
  • Interchanging tool charges with firearm charges Basic General Safety Rules
  • Allow only qualified workers trained and have on their person a qualified operator card for operating powder activated tools.
  • Inspect the tool before each use.
  • Test the tool before each use.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s specifications for operation. Always study and determine the proper charge.
  • Know what is on the other side of the work surface. Know what is on the work surface.
  • Don’t allow other workers on the other side of the work surface.
  • Know what can’t be shot into, such as cast iron, high carbon steel, armor plate, glazed brick, glass, or tile. See manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Load just prior to shooting. Always wear eye protection.
  • Store the tools, charges and studs safely and securely.
  • Don’t try to fix jams and misfires.

Remember:    The example’s of hazards and basic general safety rules we discussed is only a partial listing. It is not a substitute for formal training. Powder actuated tools in the wrong or unqualified hands can be as deadly as any firearm.  Use extreme caution when you are using or are around a powder actuated tool.