It seems like several times a year that somebody (often experienced enough to know better) shoots themselves with a pneumatic nail gun. For whatever reason, most people manage to just barely cheat death. This guy shot himself in the heart.
Hennis, a self-employed builder, was working with his son, age 28, on a neighbor’s roof on Saturday when his nail gun jammed and he tried to clear it, mistakenly pointing it toward him.
The powerful tool was built to fire 4-inch nails at 120 pounds per square inch (8.4 kg per square cm), said hospital spokeswoman Lori Shaffer.
“It was about a foot away and it went right into my chest, right into my heart,” Hennis recalled.
The nail pierced his right ventricle, which supplies blood to the lungs, and Hennis soon went into cardiac arrest.