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LaurieJean
11-06-2002, 08:49 AM
Australian Bricklayer 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 to the Workers Compensation board
and 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 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 135lbs.
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 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



<br>LaurieJean
Indi Blue White roof American Flag
Ironman USA 2000, 2001
Escape from Alcatraz 2002
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 2002

chandos60
11-06-2002, 09:01 AM
<br>
2002 MCS and 1988 930 cabrio - white w/red leather

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Katherine
11-06-2002, 09:15 AM
<br>
<img src="http://members.roadfly.org/katherine/ribbon[1].gif">....never forget

jmas
11-06-2002, 10:09 AM
<br>MCS/WT/PP/Space Cloth/Rogue Stripes/Black Mesh Grilles/Rear MINI Badge
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bobbiej
11-06-2002, 10:29 AM
<br>IB/IB MCS LAPIS BLUE, COLD WEATHER, SPORT PACKAGES, SUNROOF

mwb0603
11-06-2002, 10:44 AM
<br>
2002 MC Silk Green/White..premium,sport,cold weather,Chrome

mkacmarcik
11-06-2002, 11:20 AM
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MCS Chili Red/white with all the goodies plus roof rack

ED
11-06-2002, 11:36 AM

MINIclo
11-06-2002, 08:26 PM
<br>Cheers!
Clover

'02 MC: all-Pure Silver with Chrome/Spoiler/Panther Black Profile Leather/OBC/MFSW/15" Holeys.


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