|Accident Type:||Struck by Nail|
|Type of Company:||General Contractors|
|Size of Work Crew:||17|
|Union or Non-union:||Union|
|Work site Inspection?:||No|
|Designated Competent Person on Site?:||No|
|Employer Safety and Health Program?:||No|
|Training and Education for Employees?:||No|
|Craft of Deceased Employee(s):||Carpenter|
|Time of the Job:||3:00 p.m.|
|Time at the Task||Unknown|
A carpenter apprentice was killed when he was struck in the head by a nail that was fired from a powder actuated tool. The tool operator, while attempting to anchor a plywood form in preparation for pouring a concrete wall, fired the gun causing the nail to pass through the hollow wall. The nail traveled some twenty-seven feet before striking the victim. The tool operator had never received training in the proper use of the tool, and none of the employees in the area were wearing personal protective equipment.
NOTE: The case here described was selected as being representative of fatalities caused by improper work practices. No special emphasis or priority is implied nor is the case necessarily a recent occurrence. The legal aspects of the incident have been resolved, and the case is now closed.
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