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Powder Actuated Tools - Safety Principles

General Powder Actuated Tool Information and Safety Precautions


Ramset has designed and engineered the right powder actuated tool for your applications. To ensure you use a powder actuated tool correctly, please take the time to review the following safety procedures.

Also, be sure to call your Ramset Representative (your local distributor) to schedule a safety training session to train and license your employees. This free one hour seminar is invaluable and provides important safety and product information to help you improve productivity, reduce downtime and reduce the number of job site accidents.
NOTE: It is required by Federal OSHA that all PAT users are trained and licensed.

ram110bb.jpg (14506 bytes) Hand Placement
Never place your hand or fingers over the front muzzle end of the tool. The fastener or piston can seriously injure your hand in the event of an accidental discharge.
Load Level Number
The power level of ITW Ramset/Red Head loads is designated by the load level number marked on each box of loads. As the number increases, the power level also increases. Power level is also indicated by the color of the box or the color on each powder load.
ram110cc.jpg (13549 bytes) Safety Gear
Operators and bystanders must wear personal safety gear at all times. Serious eye injury and hearing loss can result if proper gear is not worn.
ram111bb.jpg (14601 bytes) Powder Load Transport
Never carry fasteners or other hard objects in the same pocket or container with powder loads. The loads could be set off, causing serious injury or death.
ram110dd.jpg (17300 bytes) Warning Signs
Always post warning signs when powder actuated tools are in use. Signs should state "Powder Actuated Tool in Use" and should be located within 50 feet of the area where tool is being used.
ram111cc.jpg (15397 bytes) Hard and Soft Material
Never fire into very hard or brittle materials such as cast iron, tile, glass or rock. These materials can shatter, causing sharp fragments and/or the fastener to fly freely. Never fasten into soft materials such as drywall.
ram110ee.jpg (13711 bytes) Spall Guard
Always hold the tool perpendicular to the work surface to avoid serious injury or death from ricocheting fasteners. Use the spall guard whenever possible.
ram111dd.jpg (12329 bytes) Tool Storage
Always store the loads and tool, UNLOADED, under lock and key. Keep tool box and keys out of the reach of children.

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