Nail guns are a common sight both on construction sites and in garages across the country. After all, they make the job of nailing that much easier and much faster. However, these powerful tools are responsible for 37,000 emergency room visits each year. 32% of those are consumers and 68% are construction workers. Unintended nail discharge is one of the most common ways that a nail gun injury takes place. The nail penetrating through the lumber was another way in which nail gun injuries occurred. Nail ricochet was yet another factor in nail gun accidents. Wearing protective equipment and knowing safety procedures in handling nail guns can go a long way to preventing injury.
Fox News reports that a construction worker tried to pull a nail out of his thigh by himself before going to the hospital.
Derek Hinkley was helping to build a wooden pirate play ship. While kneeling, he grabbed the nail gun to move and it discharged. It sent a 3-inch penny nail into Hinkley’s thigh.
The aftermath of the accident was caught on camera. Hinkley asked his friend to hand him a pair of pliers so that he could try and pull the nail from his thigh. He quickly relented after the nail wouldn’t budge.
Paramedics gave Hinkley pain medication and took him to the hospital, where the nail was safely removed. He also continued filming himself in the hospital, claiming that the feeling of pain medications were just as scary as the accident itself.
He was released later that day and returned to help his friend finish building the ship.
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