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of Nail Guns: Safety or Speed
The guns can be configured to fire when a trigger is pulled, or to fire on contact. Again, a contact firing gun may operate "faster" but poses a risk of mis-firing at unintended targets, merely by contacting them. This litigation has been riddled with stories of coworkers passing by one another, bumping into each other, one of them receiving a serious injury as a result of merely passing by each other.
However, there is a perception that using a sequential trip nail gun "takes longer" than using a coil type, since there is a decreased nail capacity in most sequential trip guns, necessitating reloading. Also, there are two steps to firing this gun ("sequence") and thus it can not be as rapidly fired as one not requiring two steps in the sequence. However, this time delay is a small price to pay, considering the devastating injuries suffered by the use of nail guns. The problem is that the manufacturers are not seeing it that way, and continue to put a premium on speed over safety profits over safety.
for the Industry
In addition, there are industry standards in practice, standards set by industry associations such as the International Staple, Nail and Tool Association or the American National Standards Institute. There are also standards set by various similar agencies or organizations in foreign countries, where these same manufacturers market their guns.
of Nail Guns Present Nail Gun Design
The early designs of nail guns could be fired with a single action, while more recent designs require two actions to fire the gun. In a dual activity system, a trigger would have to be pulled while contact was made. But this alone has not eliminated accidental discharge of the nails from the gun, sometimes by operator error, or by the natural recoil of the gun causing a second, unwanted firing. In order to prevent this, the gun should be, and some have been, designed to require contact with the surface to be penetrated before the trigger has been activated. Further, requiring that the trigger be re-depressed prior to a second discharge would eliminate the accidental "second-shot" firing from the nail gun.
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