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Unofornaio 10-11-2007 12:53 PM

Funny Bricklayer Joke
 
A friend sent me this today:

AUSTRALIAN BRICKLAYER'S ACCIDENT REPORT
Possibly the funniest story in a long while. This is a bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of 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 500lbs.

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 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 ; lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, Iost 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 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 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 and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs. I hope this answers your inquiry.

jengineer 10-12-2007 02:26 PM

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Dude - this is a really OLD one - but still a goodie

Les 10-12-2007 02:49 PM

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Old is right - apparently it's been around since 1918.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: The Barrel of Bricks

Les...

asudavew 10-12-2007 02:53 PM

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Yeah it's old.

I think I got this in my email years ago... .

On a side note, didn't Myth Busters beat up on their fake human(Buster?) with a bunch of bricks and a barrel?

Bacterium 10-12-2007 05:05 PM

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ok Uno.....I've got this on email and it made me laugh - not seen it before


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Unofornaio 10-12-2007 07:05 PM

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That is VERY funny I laughed out loud.

Unofornaio 10-12-2007 07:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by asudavew (Post 17147)
Yeah it's old.

I think I got this in my email years ago... .

On a side note, didn't Myth Busters beat up on their fake human(Buster?) with a bunch of bricks and a barrel?

You know what now that you mention it I think this was one of their myths..I remember they had Buster on a .....what the heck do you call it..we used it before my Dad got a powered lift to get the bricks up the scaffold..you know with the wheel and rope...what ever. Yea and they had a barrel of bricks I remember it now..thats funny.

Archena 10-13-2007 07:58 AM

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Mythbusters did try this myth. They had to try three times to get the barrel to break - they took off rings and it still held together. Only when they stuck a board on edge underneath it did the barrel finally break.


Buster had a really bad day. They officially killed a crash test dummy doing that.

dusty 10-13-2007 11:14 AM

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Old or not, that was the first I ever saw it, and THAT was funny! I could picture the whole thing happenin'.
dusty

Archena 10-13-2007 12:54 PM

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You should see the Mythbusters episode - it's hysterical to see it for real.


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