Kamloops worker shot in chest with nail gun did not have access to instruction materials

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KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops construction company must better inform its employees on the use of nail guns after a man accidentally shot himself in the chest last month.

According to WorkSafe B.C. inspector Vince Strain, a worker on a Columbia street construction site was trying to attach a brace on architectural trusses with a nail gun on May 6 when it went off. The tool fired a three-inch nail into his chest and the journeyman carpenter was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital.

After concluding his investigation, Strain noted instruction material on the tool was not available to staff.

The authority ordered Wrabel Brothers Construction to submit a report documenting management communicated the safe use of pneumatic nail guns to its staff. The report is due July 5.

An update on the worker's condition was not included in the WorkSafe B.C. inspection report. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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