Unfortunately, workplace accidents are quite common in Massachusetts. Sometimes accident victims are out of work for weeks and months after suffering serious injuries on the job. Other times, workers are never able to return to their jobs because they were left with permanent disabilities.
Hopefully this is not the case for a 41-year-old Easton man who was shot in the chest by a nail gun last week. According to the Easton fire chief, the department received a call at about 9:14 p.m. on Thursday that a worker had been injured at Solar Seal/Shaw Glass.
When firefighters arrived, they found the worker with a three-inch nail imbedded in his chest. The worker’s condition reportedly took a dangerous turn while the ambulance was en route to Boston Medical Center and it had to be re-directed to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton.
Eventually, the worker was transferred to Boston Medical Center where he underwent surgery to remove the nail and repair internal damage, the fire chief said. He also indicated that the worker had been using an air-operated nail gun to construct a box to hold glass panes when the accident occurred.
It is likely that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct an investigation at the workplace to determine if safety violations contributed to the accident.
It is also possible that the accident could have been caused by a malfunction of the nail gun. If this is the case, the injured worker could potentially sue the third-party manufacturer of the nail gun for damages. Of course, the most important thing is that the worker fully recovers from his injuries.
Source: Enterprise, “Easton worker shot in the chest with nail gun,” Justin Graeber, March 23, 2012