Undertoad Thursday May 6 02:48 PM
5/6/2004: Guy takes nails to the head
Nothing But Net Thursday May 6 02:58 PM
Since when are they making full-auto nail guns?
Undertoad Thursday May 6 03:26 PM
Apparently the guy had the full-auto button duct-taped down.
CharlieG Thursday May 6 03:29 PM
The nail gun has a safety (called a shoe) that MUST be against the work to allow the gun to fire. In theory, you take the nail gun, press it against the surface, and pull the trigger
In practice - you HOLD the trigger down, and you press the nail gun up against the work, and it fires 1 nail - you then remove the nail gun from the work (which resets it), and press against the work again - with the recoil of the gun, it almost bounces of the work - it's not that uncommon for a "roughing" carpenter to end up shooting himself in the hand/foot/etc on a rebound! - You actually can hear the guys doing it - 2 nails per stud - "Bap,bap" pause "bap, bap"
That's probably what happened here - the trigger was held down, (either by reflex or taped etc) and the guy bounced along the trigger shoe - each place he came in contact go a nail
lumberjim Thursday May 6 03:32 PM
ive used nail guns. they have a 2 part trigger.....a conventional trigger like a gun, and a plunger tip, that when compressed, releases the nail....as long as the trigger is pulled in.
glatt Thursday May 6 04:16 PM
I remember an incident where a guy was working on a roof near the edge. He was holding a nail gun by his side, pointed down, with his finger instinctively holding the trigger. He was near a ladder, and someone climbed up the ladder. The climber's head came in contact with the gun's shoe as he came up the ladder, and since the gunner's finger was already on the trigger, the nail gun fired straight down into the climber's skull. I think he died, but don't remember.
ndetroit Thursday May 6 05:12 PM
In this case, the guy that got shot was up a level from the guy who had the nail gun. He fell off his platform, onto the one below.. The guy with the gun tried to brace him, and stop him from falling further, and they both ended up falling to the ground.
Troubleshooter Thursday May 6 05:29 PM
Bullitt Thursday May 6 09:22 PM
That guys got alot of fillings... and a few nails int he brain to go along w/ it lol
DanaC Thursday May 6 09:33 PM
This reminds me of a story I read.
zippyt Thursday May 6 11:55 PM
I used to put in burgler alarms and fire systems . Once we were working in a plant that made window frames , LOTS of nail and staple guns laying about . My co-workers learned to stay away from me when i had a staple gun at hand because i would blast them from a distance !!! I was careful with the nail guns though . but to hear a 10p nail wizzing close above your head ........
Pi Friday May 7 01:23 AM
I can't believe they put 6 nails in such different ways and direction in the head of some guyby accident...
Nothing But Net Friday May 7 02:14 AM
Dude, this won't hurt a bit...
Only five more to go after this one
lumberjim Friday May 7 02:38 AM
Rue Pascal Friday May 7 05:58 AM
The accident happened on April 19, and on May 5 he made his first public appearance:
'Mejia is walking with minimal assistance and speaks somewhat slowly because his brain's speech center was affected, but his progress has been "remarkable," Quinonez [the doctor] said. With rehabilitation therapy, he should fully recover, he said.'
But seriously, searching for nail gun accidents indicates that there are several per year happening in the US. There is a reason that there are double safety systems on them! These are not fluke "accidents". People walking around with the trigger pulled, or even worse taping it down, should be fired!
Pi Friday May 7 08:06 AM
Hey I should try taping the trigger of my .50 machine-gun down next time I'll go to Kosovo or so...
jdbutler Friday May 7 08:59 AM
"Hey dude, I told you to pay your union dues!"
chrisinhouston Friday May 7 11:50 AM