I have a big divot on the bridge of my nose from a nail I shot into my face....Nailguns...
On the morning of one of my ER visits, I had breakfast with a guy whom I had partnered with on a construction project. We were gutting this huge old house and reframing part of the second floor and roof. We both mentioned this one guy on my crew Chris, who was a nice guy, but accident prone and an idiot. He had just recently cut one of his fingers longways on a tablesaw doing the exact thing I had shown him 1000 times not to do. We both said we would direct him to only scrape paint, sweep, clean up trash, etc.
I was framing on the second floor of this house, standing on the floor joists. I was having Chris hand me precut boards and I would attach them. I got into a spot against a wall and instead of getting up to reach the place I needed to be to nail the board in, I decided to be lazy and I handed the nailgun to Chris to nail in the board that I would hold.
He put the frame nail gun on bump-fire without me noticing. Bump fire is where you hold the trigger down and ram the nose of the gun into the work piece. Its great for high volume work like sheathing, but terribly unsafe for precision work like framing. Specifically not for framing. Anyway, I held a board and Chris shot a nail completely over the board I was holding and directly into my hand sideways, from thumb webbing through my whole palm to my pinky side. It was a 3 or 3.25' ring shank framing nail, that was collated with paper. My hand saved my junk from a direct hit, without a doubt.
I pulled the nail out myself, almost out of instinct. It only bled a drop, and by the time I was outside by my truck telling the guys I was going to the ER, I was half convinced by one of the guys that it had just grazed me. It didn't hurt until I got to the ER and they started digging, and it never bled. They told me next time leave the object in for them to remove.
Twice I have been holding a work piece with one hand and nailing it in with a finish nail gun on the other and my finish nail made a U-turn when it hit the second surface and went through my thumb once and index finger once.
Once I walked into a room a jobsite where my crew was goofing off and shooting a finish nail gun at a soda can in a window across a large room. Everyone instantly dropped what they were doing when I walked in, because I was the boss. I thought I would play it cool and join in. I shot 1 nail and it somehow bounced directly back into my face, hitting my safety glasses and cutting my forehead and eyebrow. It didn't hurt at all, but bled like crazy and to stop for the day.
That irrigation is the worst thing I’ve ever been thru!Seems like everyone has a nial gun story. So heres mine. Doing some framing one summer and the guy who was nailing had the pressure up to high on the compressor. I was holding two pieces to nail a window frame together and he comes in at an angle and blows the corner of the board off and shoots me in the tip of the right thumb behind the finger nail and down through the thumb and out the other side just below the knuckle. I pulled it and drove the standard to the hospital where they did an irrigation with saline that hurt 10x worse than the nail. I lost a couple of hours but managed to finish out the day.