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post Jun 5 2006, 01:15 PM
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Australian bricklayer report


>>>Possibly the funniest story in a long while. This is a
>>>bricklayer's accident report, which was printed in the
>>>newsletter 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 in Block 3 of the accident report 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 that I had some
>>>bricks left over which, when weighed later were found
>>>to be slightly in excess of 500lbs.
>>>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 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 11 of the accident
>>>report form that I weigh 135lbs.
>>>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 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 beginning to experience pain.
>>>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, that barrel weighed
>>>approximately 50lbs. I 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 floor, 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 lay there on the pile of
>>>bricks, in pain, unable to move, 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 down onto me.
>>>This explains the two broken legs.
>>>I hope this answers your inquiry.
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post Jun 5 2006, 07:15 PM
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Very funny, but probably one of the oldest "Urban Legends" ever (nearly a century-old). A version of this appeared in a joke book published in 1918.

<Check out Snopes>

The "Myth Busters" TV show (Discovery channel) tried unsuccessfully to recreate this scenario using a real barrell of bricks and a crash dummy. The verdict: "Myth Busted!" (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/lol.gif)


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post Jun 7 2006, 06:53 PM
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very funny...
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post Jun 7 2006, 08:50 PM
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That is some good research Blackhawk!!

Still, it made me laugh (IMG:http://www.hirescovers.net/forum/style_emoticons/default/lol.gif)
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