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Accident: 201128626 - Employee Shoots Own Leg With Pneumatic Nail Gun

Accident: 201128626 -- Report ID: 0950613 -- Event Date: 10/13/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31010089610/21/20111521A G Enterprises Inc.
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on October 13, 2011, Employee #1 was working as a carpenter at a residential construction project. Employee 1 was installing hangers, which are U-shaped metal pieces with several holes designed for use in securing rafters, using a pneumatic nail gun. Employee #1 shot a nail in to the hanger with the nail gun, then pulled the gun back with such force that he lost control and hit his leg with the gun. The nail gun discharged into his leg, and he yelled for help. Coworker #1 heard the cry for help and called emergency services. Employee #1 was transported to Stanford Hospital where he was hospitalized for two days. Employee #1 was trained and qualified to use the nail gun, and the nail gun itself was equipped with the necessary safety devices, so no accident violations were found in connection with the accident.
Keywords: nail, impaled, hand tool, puncture
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000 2
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310100896 Hospitalized injury Puncture Carpenters FallDist:
FallHt:
Cause: Interior carpentry
FatCause: Other

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