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#149878 - 05/14/04 08:50 PM Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I'm pretty sore at the moment.
I've got huge bruises all over my body, and I am wearing a plaster cast on my leg.
This was after having a Utility pole snap on me and the cross-arm hit me in the right leg and snapped it.
Had I not been wearing the Pole belt and strap, this could have been avoided, considering that I was trying to access an LV pole fuse that had blown.
I was way out in the middle of nowhere, the house was a good half a mile away.
I managed to get to the truck and get help, after getting a 300kg+ pole off my leg and I drove to the nearest house and told them what had happened.
After that I passed out.
All I remember was a fellow Faultsman that was working in the area, woke me up and got me to Hospital.
If you are looking at this Ian, thanks Heaps!!!!!!
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

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#149879 - 05/15/04 04:37 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
Aaaak, Trumpy!! Good to hear you are in one piece, although a bit dented. I’ve never been a climber, but have come across the leftovers of poles rotten at the ground line. Contacting the never-soft-enough earth is usually unplanned and always rudely unpleasant.

The only trite advice I can offer is to enjoy the pain pills during recovery. [Please, though—never let them get the best of you.]

#149880 - 05/16/04 07:40 AM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
FWL_Engineer Offline

Registered: 05/15/04
Posts: 53
Loc: Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK

Trumpy, as a matter of Health and Safety, would it not be a good idea to recommend to your employers that all you Guys carry Hand held Radios for such emergencies.

Afterall, if you had been seriously injured, or trapped under the pole it could have proved fatal, then they should consider the law suit for you working on unsafe equipment.
Click me if you dare \:\)

#149881 - 05/16/04 08:23 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
Dave55 Offline

Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 666
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
I guess you'll have to reschedule the dancing lessons, Mike. Get well soon!

P.S. We could have been accountants!

#149882 - 05/17/04 01:08 AM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
Lostazhell Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Maybe we'll be seeing more of you in the forums & in the chats now that you're "off your feet" for a while! Glad to know you'll be back on them in time!


#149883 - 05/17/04 07:24 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
spkjpr Offline

Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 226
Loc: Sedalia,MO, USA
Sorry to hear of your misfortune. I wish you a speedy recovery.

#149884 - 05/17/04 10:21 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
BuggabooBren Offline

Registered: 11/15/01
Posts: 336
Loc: NM
Awww, poor Mike!! Maybe we can all virtually sign your cast and send tons of 'get well' wishes your way.

#149885 - 05/18/04 05:27 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
ga.sparky56 Offline

Registered: 11/24/02
Posts: 582
Loc: young harris georgia usa
Sorry to hear that Trumpy. I hope for a speedy recovery for you.

#149886 - 05/18/04 08:32 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Damn, Trump! It's line dancing, not lineman dancing!

Get well soon, mate!

#149887 - 05/18/04 08:45 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg
George Corron Offline

Registered: 05/16/01
Posts: 728
Loc: Lorton, Va USA
From one to another, brother, sorry to hear that. Lemme toss my "Get Well Soon" atcha. Let's face it, some safety rules get in the way of saving your life, glad to hear you came out 'on top' so to speak.

Good luck and remember these simple rules to live by:

1- Greasy side down
2- shiny side up

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