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Accident: 201166592 - Employee Inadvertantly Fires Nail Into Own Leg

Accident: 201166592 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 12/17/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12615123201/26/20051751John Scharff Construction
At 4:30 p.m. on December 17, 2004, Employee #1, of John Scharff Construction, was using a pneumatic nail gun on the framing of a house at a jobsite in Bel Air, CA. He was preparing to drive a nail when a coworker, Employee #2, tripped on the tool's air line. The tug on the air line caused the nail gun to hit Employee #1's leg just as Employee #1 pulled the trigger. A nail drove into Employee #1's right leg. He had outpatient surgery the same evening and was released two days later.
Keywords: nail, carpenter, compressed air, construction, tripped, leg, puncture
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 2 26
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126151232 Hospitalized injury Other Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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