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Accident: 201408606 - Worker Dies After Shooting Himself In Face With Nail Gun

Accident: 201408606 -- Report ID: 0552651 -- Event Date: 02/20/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31615550602/21/20131751Slone Builders Inc
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on February 16, 2013, Employee #1, a 33-year-old male with Slone Builders Inc., was performing residential framing activities. Employee #1 was working in the garage area framing up a wall with a pneumatic nail gun equipped with a contact (bump) trigger. The nail gun appeared to misfire/double-tap which caused the employee to lose his balance and the nail gun to come in contact with his face. This caused an unintended discharge of the nail gun. The nail passed through the employee's eye socket and into his brain. Emergency Medical Services transported Employee #1 to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Keywords: eye, nail, construction, powder actuated tool, face, brain
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition $50,000 to $250,000 2 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 316155506 Fatality Puncture Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Exterior carpentry
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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