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Heavy metal and construction - Michael Davis

I recently read two stories that, at first glance, may seem unrelated.

A California man, a migrant construction worker, fell from the roof of a building he was working on. He fell onto another man who at the time was using one of those automatic nail guns. You know, the kind that you have to plug in. It shoves nails into whatever material the nail is strong enough to go through with just a simple pull of the trigger, a twitch of the finger.

When the worker fell on top of the other worker, they both fell from some sort of scaffolding and onto the ground. That's not the worst part.

It seems as though somewhere along the way, on the way down, the nail gun went off. The first man that fell was taken to the hospital for surgery. An X-ray showed six 3 ?-inch nails lodged in his head and neck.

He is reportedly doing fine, suffering a slight speech impediment and hobbling around on a walker.

The second story involved hot dogs and bullets.

Though it may seem unrelated, hear me out.

A woman, also living in California, went into one of those big-box, membership-based discount warehouse stores. She bought some hot dogs.

She went home and ate some of the hot dogs. At one point, she bit into what turned out to be a bullet. Later, she went to the hospital with stomach pains.

X-rays showed that she had already eaten one bullet and it was happily passing through her digestive tract. (Insert joke about explosive digestive problems here). Hospital personnel told her to just wait it out – that the bullet would eventually pass.

In the meantime, she went to the store from which she purchased the hot dogs, complaining of the incident.

After an investigation, police determined that what the woman bit into was in fact a live round of the nine millimeter variety. Store officials say that the hot dogs went through a metal detector before leaving the factory, (don't ask me why) ruling out the possibility of a production process based at a firing range.

The bullets, they say, must've entered the quagmire that is a hot dog sometime, post-production.

Now we get to the part where I tie these two stories together and we come to some sort of resolution. Hopefully we leave the column with a higher understanding and enlightenment.

The similarity? The link between the two incidents? Any sort of advice that I may impart?

X-rays may show you things you'd rather not see.

Michael Davis covers government for the Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at mdavis@henryherald.com.