Be Glad It Wasn't You
  • Although this is kinda humorous, it isn't a joke. This item was forwarded to my e-mail address, and I've been urged by another member (Speedie) who shall remain nameless (oops!) to share it, so here it is:

    This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Austrailian equivalent to the Workers Compensation Board. This is a true story. Had this guy died, he'd have received a Darwin Award, for sure.

    Dear Sir,

    I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put poor planning as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

    I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over, which, when weighed later, were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at the ground, I went up on the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it.

    I then went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks. You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135 lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel, which was now proceeding downward at an equally impressive speed. This meeting explains the fractured skull, minor abrasions, and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form.

    Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately by this time, I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience pain. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This meeting accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth, and several lacerations of my legs and lower body.

    Here my luck began to change slightly. That encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of bricks. Fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the pile of bricks in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope. I laid there watching as the empty barrel began it's journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

    I hope this answers your inquiry.
  • NOOOOO :blink:

    Oh, brother. That is the funniest thing i've read for weeks, I am a bad bad man for laughing at this poor bastard.
    Ha hahahahahahaaaaaa....
  • I know, can you believe that story... its so sad, its funny. To add to the thread, maybe we should continue with "what is the worst day of your life"???

    Mine started with waking up one morning with a 104 temp due to an allergic reaction to medication I was taking, and my "lady time" showed up that morning too. I ended up in the hospital due to the reaction, and it was my college graduation day(which I didnt attend).... and believe it or not, it was FRIDAY THE 13TH OF MAY 1988!!
  • That was really good, imagine watching it in real life.(LOL) :lol: :lol: I think he had a good day, it could have bin a lot worse.
  • Honostly That is really sad!!!

    How dumb can you get??

    Why would you let a barrel fall on you??