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Bricklayers' Accident Report #149355
09/13/03 12:55 AM
09/13/03 12:55 AM
Bill Addiss  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,890
The Bricklayers' Accident

Dear Sir:

I am writing in response to your request for additional information. In block no. 3 of the accident reporting form, I put "poor planning" as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I was a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working along on the roof of a new six-story building. When I completed my work, I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which fortunately 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 brick into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow decent of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note in block no. 11 of the accident reporting form that I weigh 135 pounds.

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 rather rapid rate up the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming down. This explains the fractured skull and broken collarbone.

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 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, the barrel now weighed approximately 50 pounds.

I refer you again to my weight in block No. 11. As you might imagine, I began a rapid decent 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, and the lacerations of my legs and lower body.

The encounter with the barrel slowed my 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, that as I lay there on the bricks - in pain, unable to stand, and watching the empty barrel six stories above me - I again lost my presence of mind - I LET GO OF THE ROPE......"

(from Allan's Safety Humor Page)

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Re: Bricklayers' Accident Report #149356
09/13/03 01:48 AM
09/13/03 01:48 AM
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
Was that only in humour?.
My God, what a story!.
I would hate to see this happen to anyone.

Re: Bricklayers' Accident Report #149357
09/13/03 10:53 AM
09/13/03 10:53 AM
Bjarney  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 2,527
West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
This is also written as a folk song by Mike Cross, "Dear Boss"

audio clip:

Re: Bricklayers' Accident Report #149358
09/14/03 07:15 AM
09/14/03 07:15 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Safety Last? [Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

Re: Bricklayers' Accident Report #149359
09/15/03 09:44 PM
09/15/03 09:44 PM
wa2ise  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 785
Oradell NJ USA
That's an old story. The incident probably happened when they were building the pyramids in Egypt..... [Linked Image]

Re: Bricklayers' Accident Report #149360
09/16/03 01:21 AM
09/16/03 01:21 AM
ThinkGood  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI

Amazing how that chap's hat stays on with no problem [Linked Image]

Re: Bricklayers' Accident Report #149361
09/17/03 04:43 AM
09/17/03 04:43 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
Don't worry -- He loses it a little later in the scene: [Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

For anyone who's not familiar with these old Harold Lloyd movies, the film from which this scene comes is actually called "Safety Last."


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