It was a blustery day in late October 2006 and Christopher Onseti, a New Jersey Transit police officer, was at a shooting range in Stafford Township. He was familiar with the range, and had already completed at least one firearm test there.
As he was preparing to shoot, a burst of wind tore a Q-shaped target from its wooden post. Onesti picked up a staple gun and tried to reattach the target — and what happened next could end up costing state taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Onesti, 27 at the time, accidentally fired a staple into the base of his left ring finger, records show. He put a Band Aid on the wound and successfully completed the tests. But after two operations Onesti says he still can’t do his job, and is now one of a record number of public employees across the state seeking an accidental disability pension for life.
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Read more at the Newark Star-Ledger.