(5 March 2004, Victoria, Australia) The construction trades have been
revolutionized by new tools that are little short of miraculous. Take the
nail gun. Operating on compressed air, it turns the tedious task of nailing
into a simple point-and-click operation. It also makes possible a new way
to injure yourself, one hitherto unknown: hammering a nail into your brain.
Brad, a 33-year-old bricklayer, had just finished using a nail gun to
install wall paneling at home. After the safety-minded man had turned off
the compressor and removed the nail cartridge, he downed a few beers with
his mates while they joked "about construction site accidents, and taking
your eye out with a nail gun." For dramatic effect, Brad pointed his nail
gun at his head and pulled the trigger. His mates noted a small red dot on
Brad figured the firing pin had simply glanced off his skull, powered by a
left-over charge of compressed air. In fact, he had fired a 3.2cm nail into
his brain. He started to feel light-headed, but didn't feel much pain due,
perhaps, to the anaesthetic effect of beer. Nevertheless, his son insisted
on calling an ambulance.
When he arrived at the hospital the pain had become worse, so Brad asked
the nurses for "a pair of plyers to pull it out myself." Instead, a
neurosurgeon and a team of specialists spent four hours sawing through part
of his skull and carefully removing the nail. Brad was expected to make a
full recovery. "Luckily for him it lodged in the motor area of the brain
and not more critical areas," said the doctor.
"I did a very stupid thing," said Brad. If the nail had been a centimeter
deeper, he would likely have suffered permanent brain damage, or
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"I am very skeptical of this story."
"This one is true. (I saw) a copy of the x-ray in the local
"...Here in Milwaukee a guy sank a nail in his brain with a
pneumatic nail gun, and made a full recovery, so I'd have to say, 'It
"If your going to fire a nail gun into your brain, use titanium, not
steel. Steel corrodes! Idiot."