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  • Like a Ton of Bricks

    Please keep in mind that the following story is NOT a joke, but a real work mans compensation claim from an Australian bricklayer:

    AUSTRALIAN BRICKLAYER'S 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

    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
    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 50 lbs. 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.

    Kevin Roben Wagga
    Glass & Aluminium Pty Ltd
    PO Box 5004 ( 11 Dobney Ave )
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
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    And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son.

  • #2
    So sorry, brother -

    A very old and often told tale:

    http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/bricks.asp

    Entertaining, nonetheless!
    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kieth M. View Post
      So sorry, brother -

      A very old and often told tale:

      http://www.snopes.com/humor/letters/bricks.asp

      Entertaining, nonetheless!
      I've got to get out more
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      Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun.
      And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son.

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      • #4
        Mythbuster's did a segment on this.

        They concluded that the barrel was too strong (from the metal straps around the barrel) to break on impact. This left Buster hangin' high in the air "two knuckles deep in the pulley."

        It's still friggin' hilarious though.
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