Guys I ran across this Paper in the office the other day and I though ya'll might want to read it.
I also wonderd what kind of incident that we electricans would have to explain specifically. :rooleyes:
I am writing in your response to your request for additional information. In Block No 3 of the accident reporting form, I put quote,"Trying to do a job alone." unquote" as the cause of the accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, I trust that the following details will be sufficient.
I'am a brick layer 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 discovered that I had about 500 lbs of bricks left over. Rather than try to carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them into a barrel by using a pulley which fortunately, was attach to the side of the building at the sixth floor.
Securing the rope at the ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out, and loaded the bricks in it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 500 lbs of bricks. You will note in block No 11 of the accident form that I weight 135 lbs.
Due to my supprize at being "jerked" off the ground so suddenly, I lost presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope, needless to say, I proceeded at rapid rate of speed up the side of the building.
" In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel of bricks comming down. This explains the fractured skull and broken collar bone. "Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid acent not stoping until the fingers of my Right hand were knuckles deep in the pulley. Fortunately, by this time I had regain my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of my pain.
At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground... and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, and the barrel now weighing approximately 50lbs.
I refer you again to my weight in block No 11. As you might imagine I begain a rapid descent down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel comming up. This accounts for the lacerations on my legs and lower body.
The encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of bricks, and fortunately only three vertabrae's were cracked.
I am sorry to report, however that being in pain on the pile of bricks and unable to stand, watching the barrel six stories above me. I again lost presence of mind, " I let go of the rope.