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banhxeo76 02-05-2013 08:08 AM

Bricklayer
 
Dear Sir:

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block #3 of the accident reporting 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 I had some bricks left over which when weighed later were found to weigh 240 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 at 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 insure a slow descent of the 240 lbs of bricks. You will note on the accident reporting form that my weight is 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 explains the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collarbone, as listed in Section 3, accident reporting 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 which I mentioned in Paragraph 2 of this correspondence. 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, the barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight.

As you might 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 severe 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 and watching the empty barrel six stories above me, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope.

ATK406 02-05-2013 02:22 PM

Re: Bricklayer
 
LMFAO! Thanks

Laurentius 02-05-2013 06:47 PM

Re: Bricklayer
 
I read this and laugh aloud. In my mind'd eye I could see this as a Road Runner, cartoon and you were the coyote, everything happening in slow motion and the light bulbs with ? abounded. I really hope that this is not a true story, just a little levity on your part.

brickie in oz 02-05-2013 10:10 PM

Re: Bricklayer
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Laurentius (Post 145222)
I really hope that this is not a true story,.

Its 20 years old and still isnt funny..:confused:

Laurentius 02-06-2013 12:37 PM

Re: Bricklayer
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by brickie in oz (Post 145230)
Its 20 years old and still isnt funny..:confused:

Hi Al,

Are you sure that this is not an Urban Legend? When, where and to whom?

banhxeo76 02-06-2013 01:18 PM

Re: Bricklayer
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Laurentius (Post 145222)
I read this and laugh aloud. In my mind'd eye I could see this as a Road Runner, cartoon and you were the coyote, everything happening in slow motion and the light bulbs with ? abounded. I really hope that this is not a true story, just a little levity on your part.

I don't think it is a true story but you never know. I can really see that it could happened.

I first heard this story when I was at a retreat with group of 100 men. After the priest finished reading this story, I was in tear from laughing out loud along with many other guys.

waikato pizza 02-14-2013 11:03 AM

Re: Bricklayer
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by brickie in oz (Post 145230)
Its 20 years old and still isnt funny..:confused:

Ohh - Come on Al - it is only a yarn!! Just cos you're a brickie...........

:D

Cheers - Andy


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