Worker ‘wasn’t fazed’ as he stood with heavy-duty nail embedded into crotch

  • A 22-year-old workman is lucky to be alive after accidentally firing an inch-and-a-half nail into his own crotch – only just missing his penis.
  • Sam Rees mistimed pulling the trigger on a hydraulic hand nail gun while working on a site near Swansea and was left with an excruciating injury.
  • Horrifying photographs of the accident were captured by Mathew Meagher, a colleague of the unfortunate worker.
  • Mr Rees said: ‘I was using a nail gun outside and unfortunately I was using it to fire something towards me and the nail just ricocheted and went into my groin.
  • ‘The nail was 90mm (3.5in) long and it was embedded 70mm (2.8in) deep. Doctors said it missed my artery by 10mm (0.4in). If I had pulled it out myself I would have bled to death.
  • I didn’t really realise how serious the whole thing was until I got to the hospital. I had to have minor surgery to take it out – but having the drip in my arm hurt more.
  • ‘I have been having a bit of stick from my colleagues. I’ve had a couple of harsh comments, but if you do something stupid you expect it.’  READ MORE

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