The worker, whose name has not been made known to the media due to privacy concerns, is said to be around fifty years old and had been hard at work repairing a staircase with some colleagues at a Billericay, Essex commercial property, when the bizarre incident occurred. The man’s personal injury claims state that his nail gun discharged without warning, embedding a nail deep within his back, which such force that he needed to be rushed to hospital.
According to a recent article in the Halstead Gazette newspaper, the man was taken by paramedics to the Basildon, while the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance provided back up. Once safely at the medical facility, the man underwent a surgical procedure to remove the nail and stitch his wound closed, with one individual that witnessed the scene first-hand informed newspaper reporters that the nail penetrated completely into the man’s back when the gun set itself off.
A vehicle from the East of England Ambulance Service had been dispatched to the scene of the harrowing accident in Perry Street, according to a company spokesperson. While the air ambulance was available in the event it was needed, this proved unnecessary as the injured builder was in stable enough condition to transport him by road to the waiting hospital.
The worker apparently suffered little to no long-lasting or ill effects, as he recovered quite quickly and that same evening discharged himself from hospital. The man even returned to work the next morning as if nothing had happened to him the previous day.