Use Of Cartridge Operated Tools Tool Box Talk
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Use of Cartridge Operated Tools
Introduction: Cartridge operated tools are potentially lethal if misused and should always be treated with respect.
• Cartridge operated tools, including rivet guns, should only be used by properly trained persons (those issued with a certificate of authority).
• Read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions prior to use and comply with them at all times.
• Before handling a gun, and before putting it away, ensure it is not loaded.
• Always load with barrel pointing in safe direction (away from you and not at anyone else).
• Never walk around on site with a loaded tool/gun.
• Never place your hand over the end of the barrel.
• Ensure cartridges are suitable for material being fired into (no too powerful) – consider a test fire.
• Beware of voids in material being fired into and allow at least 75mm (3”) from edges of concrete or brickwork.
• Always hold gun/tool at right angles to material being fired into – ensure splinter guard is resting on surface.
• Always wear suitable PPE (eye protection and ear defenders as a minimum).
• In the event of a misfire wait one minute and try again. If still a misfire, then wait a further minute prior to unloading.
• Keep guns/tools well maintained and clean – never leave a gun loaded.
• Cartridges are explosives and must be strictly controlled (kept under lock and key, restrict issue, account for fired cartridges and ensure unfired cartridges are returned).
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