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#149878 - 05/14/04 11:50 PM Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
Trumpy  Offline


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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!!!!!!


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#149879 - 05/15/04 07:37 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
Bjarney  Offline
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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 10:40 AM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
FWL_Engineer  Offline
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Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK
OUCH!!

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.


#149881 - 05/16/04 11:23 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
Dave55  Offline
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Posts: 697
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 04:08 AM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
Lostazhell  Offline
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Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Mike,
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! [Linked Image] Glad to know you'll be back on them in time! [Linked Image]

-Randy


#149883 - 05/17/04 10:24 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
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Sedalia,MO, USA
Sorry to hear of your misfortune. I wish you a speedy recovery.


#149884 - 05/18/04 01:21 AM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
BuggabooBren  Offline
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Awww, poor Mike!! Maybe we can all virtually sign your cast and send tons of 'get well' wishes your way.


#149885 - 05/18/04 08:27 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
ga.sparky56  Offline
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Sorry to hear that Trumpy. I hope for a speedy recovery for you.


#149886 - 05/18/04 11:32 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
DougW  Offline
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North Chicago, IL
Damn, Trump! It's line dancing, not lineman dancing!

Get well soon, mate!


#149887 - 05/18/04 11:45 PM Re: Rotten pole + Pole belt = Broken Leg  
George Corron  Offline
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Posts: 717
Lorton, Va USA
Trumpy,
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
3 - STAY ON TOP OF THE POLE [Linked Image]


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