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Roofer fires nail gun through FOOT before climbing off 20 feet of scaffolding and cutting off his boot with a Stanley knife

  • Rob Owen accidentally tapped the boat with the tip of a nail gun, causing the tool to go off
  • The 36-year-old father of two shot a one-inch nail through the big toe of his left foot
  • After the incident, Mr Owen said he would be more careful in the future










A roofer had to cut off his own boot with a box cutter after driving a nail all the way through his toe and shooting out the other side.

Rob Owen, 36, tripped and leaned forward to break his fall, knocking the gun off his boot, releasing a quick 2.5-inch spike straight into his left big toe.

The father-of-two worked two floors up and stumbled over the 20-foot scaffolding to the hospital, but the doctors were unable to x-ray because of his metal boot.

Rob Owen, 36, (pictured with daughter Heidi) was forced to cut off his own boot after accidentally driving a 2.5 inch nail through the big toes of his left foot while working on a roof

Pictured: Nail went through Mr Owen's boot and got stuck in the big toe of his left foot

Pictured: Nail went through Mr Owen’s boot and got stuck in the big toe of his left foot

So after waiting five hours, brave Rob took the creasing knife from his pocket and cut his boot, exposing his toe attached to the sole of his boot.

Docs couldn’t pull it out because of rivets along the nail, so they had to cut the head off and PUSH it through the bottom of his foot, on Sept. 7.

The nail had gone through the bone, but Rob, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, said: ‘I was in shock.

“The adrenaline really pumped. It all happened so quickly – in a split second.

“I didn’t realize it at first, then I saw the spike sticking out of the top of my boot. I’m just so lucky.

“It was a clean hole right through the bone in my toe, so there was no bleeding.

Rob was working two floors up when the incident happened and he had to descend 20 feet from scaffolding before cutting his boot with a Stanley knife.  Pictured: Rob's foot with the nail

Rob was working two floors up when the incident happened and he had to descend 20 feet from scaffolding before cutting his boot with a Stanley knife. Pictured: Rob’s foot with the nail

‘Otherwise I could have bled to death in my boot.

“It was almost comical to see this boot sole pinned to my foot, like something out of a joke shop.

“It will be a great story to tell, especially if I start limping when I’m 50.”

Rob, an 18-year-old roofer, screamed when he shot himself, prompting a colleague who took him five miles to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

The father of Amelia, 15, and Heidi, five, had to take five weeks off work.

Married Rob added: ‘I’ll be more careful if I use a nail gun now. If someone hit you on the head, you’d be dead.’

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