Nhlanhla Dlamini, who made headlines after a nail gun-inflicted chest wound, now claims that he also faced racist harassment from colleagues.
Nhlanhla Dlamini is a 21-year-old man who was allegedly attacked by a nail gun-wielding co-worker. Dlamini claims that the attack was intentional and racist in intent, although the defendant claims that the incident was, in fact, an accident.
Nova Scotia police have arrested a 43-year-old man. A report on the matter claims that Dlamini, a construction worker, was harassed by colleagues prior to the shooting and that he was even the target of racial epithets. The 21-year-old victim revealed that he was working at a construction site where they were building a new home in Abercrombie where the nail gun incident unraveled, according to CBC.
Dlamini’s statement suggests the attack was intentional
Dlamini has claimed that his co-worker aimed the air-powered nail gun at him while the safety was off. He has suggested that the co-worker even waited for him to turn before pulling the trigger. The police have already arrested a suspect, although they did not reveal the identity of the 43-year-old man.
“I just looked at him, and I was just like, ‘What are you doing that for?’ And he just smiled. And when he smiled about it, I just turned around and started running. And that’s when he shot the air nail, and it hit me in the back” Dlamini explained to CBC.
Dlamini’s employer still claims it was an accident
Paul Quinn, the owner of P.Q. Properties Ltd, where Dlamini was employed received a lot of backlash over the nail gun shooting incident. Quinn’s lawyer Craig Clarke stated that is client received posts and emails in which some of them accused and branded him a racist. Many people also feel that the company should be held accountable for the incident. The lawyer also maintains his claim that the nail shooting was an accident.
Meanwhile, Dlamini’s condition was quite severe because the nail gun shooting led to a punctured lung. He revealed that doctors had to install a chest tube into his chest to relieve air buildup between his chest wall and his lung which had caused his lung to collapse. Jennifer Clarke, Nova Scotia RCMP’s spokeswoman, noted on Friday that racism allegations are taken seriously and thus the need for further investigations.