Idaho construction worker killed in nail gun accident

The Seattle Times reports that Damon Huhtala, 26, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was killed in a construction accident. Huhtala was found by co-workers at a Gozzer Ranch development project where he was framing a house. He was found with a nail from a pneumatic nail gun piercing his skull. The nail pierced his skull about 3 inches into his brain stem. It appears that he slipped and fell though no one witnessed the accident.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) department says, “he apparently fell with his finger on the trigger.”

There are several types of nail guns manufactured in the United States currently. The sequential type of nail gun requires contact to fire. The coil type can fire nails without contact. In a previous posting, we talked about a widow of man killed by a nail gun who sued for wrongful death claiming the design of the gun was faulty.

According to OSHA, injuries caused by nail guns have increased over %200 in the past 10 years. An article published in the Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers claims that if the tools were designed differently, many accidents could be prevented.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed by a nail gun due to someone else’s negligence, you should contact The Farber Law Group. With our experience in construction accidents and injuries we will work to insure that your are fully compensated for your damages, including pain and suffering. In the case of a death, we will make sure you are fully compensated for the loss of a loved one.