Annapolis cabinetmaker impaled in shop accident

Man in critical condition

3-inch-wide wood piece slid off machine, police say

August 24, 1999|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

A 51-year-old man was hospitalized after being impaled through his chest yesterday morning while working with a piece of wood at his Annapolis cabinetmaking business, city police said.

Although Caldwell W. Nash Jr. was reported in critical condition by a spokesman at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, his wife said doctors told her he will be fine and might be released as early as today.

"They did say quite a few times that he was very lucky," said his wife, Diane Nash. "It's been quite an upsetting day." The Nashes live in the 400 block of Croxton Court in Severna Park.

Police said the cabinetmaker was found at 8: 17 a.m. by a customer at his Annapolis Millwork & Cabinetry business in the 1800 block of George Ave. Nash was lying on the floor of his workroom; a piece of wood 3 inches in diameter through his upper chest, police said.

"A customer in the front part of the store heard him yell and went back and found him," said Lt. Robert E. Beans Sr., a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department.

"He had a piece of wood on a milling machine, and it slid back off the machine and impaled him," Beans said.

Diane Nash said police told her that her husband was working on a piece of molding. When he bent over to pick up another piece of wood, the wood on the machine was released. It went through from back to front, coming out in his neck area, she said.

Beans said the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office is investigating the accident. "They're checking to find out if there was a safety hazard with the machine or some type of safety device had been removed," he said.

Joe Seidel, an administrator with MOSH, declined to comment on the investigation until it is completed.

Pub Date: 8/24/99

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