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Fatal nail-gun accident

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An Idaho construction worker was found dead on a residential construction project. At the time of his death, he was using a nail gun to frame houses.

The nail gun apparently accidentally discharged and he was killed by a penetrating injury to his brain stem.

On a construction site, not only do the work practices have to be safe, but the equipment must be safe as well. Nail guns are a special hazard because of the great force with which they discharge nails. Accidental discharge is a recognized hazard, and manufacturers are under a legal obligation to make nail guns with guards against accidental discharge.