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Accident: 200460624 - Employee Injured When Shot In Head By Nail Gun

Accident: 200460624 -- Report ID: 0111400 -- Event Date: 12/28/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30291881801/03/20001521Regis Lavoie Dba Summer Street Builders
Employee #1 and his employer were building a wooden deck and were installing wood around the deck's new roof support posts. The employer was on the deck platform using a Bostitch air-powered nail gun to fasten the new wood trim. Employee #1 was approximately 10 ft away, cutting additional boards for other posts. The employer was using the nail gun in an overhead position when Employee #1 went over to assist him. The owner was unaware that he was there and, as he lowered the nail gun from above, it struck Employee #1 and fired an 8-penny ring nail into his forehead. Employee #1 was transported to a local hospital, and later flown to a Boston hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was released on December 30, 1999, having suffered no apparent long-term effects.
Keywords: portable power tool, clearance, head, carpenter, forehead, construction, struck by, flying object, communication, puncture
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling Alteration or rehabilitation Under $50,000 1 12
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 302918818 Hospitalized injury Puncture Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Other Activities-Post Decking Detail Work
FatCause: Other

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