View Full Version : A brick layers 'poor planning'

02-27-2001, 10:36 AM
I recived this in email and have already sent it to some people on the board, but never the less, this is funny:

This is a bricklayer's accident report that was printed in the
> newsletter of the English equivalent of the Workers'
> Compensation Board. This is a true story.
> Dear Sir;
> I am writing in response to your request for additional
> information in Block #3 of the accident reporting 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 I had some
> bricks left over which when weighed later were found to
> weigh 240 lbs. 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 at 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 insure a
> slow descent of the 240 lbs of bricks. You will note on the
> accident reporting form that my weight is 135 lbs.
> 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 explains the fractured skull,
> minor abrasions and the broken collarbone, as listed in
> Section 3, accident reporting 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 which I mentioned in Paragraph 2 of this
> correspondence. Fortunately by this time I had regained my
> presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in
> spite of the excruciating pain I was now beginning to
> experience.
> 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, the barrel weighed
> approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you
> might 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 severe 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 and
> watching the empty barrel six stories above me, 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 onto me.


Chris Edmundson


02-27-2001, 11:01 AM
LMAO!! Thank you Chicken.. that was sooooo funny

02-27-2001, 04:23 PM

Hey Daddy keep the funnies coming man you're one crazy character!!!

I'm still LMAO!!!