Powder-actuated tools, (PAT’s) also called direct fasteners and explosive actuated fastening tools, use a small, controlled explosion to drive a nail, stud, or other specialized fastener into a solid base material such as steel, concrete, or masonry. PATs have the potential to be dangerous because of that small explosion of gun powder, just as a gun does to shoot. Employees must be trained and certified in the correct use of a powder actuated tool. We should always follow manufactures instruction when using PATs on our jobsites.

Conduct safety talks with your crews and ensure everyone understands the best practices associated with powder actuated tools. Verify training for anyone using PATs on your projects and ensure they understand all manufactures requirements, especially when dealing with misfires and proper disposal.