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    Administrator Array adamantium's Avatar
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    Excellent luck.. or not.

    This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the NZ 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 Block3 of the accident report form.

    I had 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 lb.

    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 ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it.

    Then I 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 lb.

    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 explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collarbone, 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 the excruciating pain I was now beginning to experience.

    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 lb.

    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 accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body.

    Here my luck began to change slightly.

    The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked.
    I am sorry to report, however, 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.

    Then I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

    I hope this sufficiently answers your inquiry about the "Bad Planning" part of my report.
    BCSB- Administrator

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    [Oo=vw=oO] Array GTI's Avatar
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    I think I saw that happen to Wile E. Coyote before

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    Exclamation Urban legend

    of mythic proportions.
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    Moderator Array TeeTee's Avatar
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    Urban legend for sure. It may have actually happened but if so it was AT LEAST 20 years ago. I remember hearing about this and retelling it before I left for Ottawa in 1980. And I got the impression it had been around for quite a while before that even.

    It IS bloody funny though........
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