Today’s funny Monday 15th April 2013

AUSTRALIAN BRICKLAYER’S REPORT: Possibly the funniest story in a long while;

This is a bricklayer‘s accident report, which was printed in the news letter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers’ Compensation Board.

This is a true story. Had this guy died, he’d have received a Darwin Award for sure

Dear Sir ,

I  am writing in response to your request for additional information on Block 3 of the accident report form. I put poor planning” as the cause of my accident.

You asked for a fuIIer explanation and I trust the following details be s u f f i c i e n t .

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 that I had some bricks Left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500lbs.l

Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a puIley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor.

Securing the rope at ground 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 ensure a slow descent of the bricks.

You will- note in Block l-l- of the accident report form that I weigh 135 Ibs .

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 explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as Listed in section 3 of the accident report form.

Slowed only slightIy, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the puIley.

Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom feII out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks (that barrel weighed approximately 50 1bs) f refer you

again to my weight.

As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third fIoor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several 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 1ay there on the pile of bricks, in pain unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and Iet go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin it’s journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

I hope this answers your inquiry.

Kevin Roben

Wagga Glass e Aluminium Pty Ltd

PO Box 5004 (11 Dobney Ave)

Wagga Wagga NSW 2550


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