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05-26-2011, 15:52
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Possibly the funniest story in a 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,
found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later, were
found to be slightly in excess of 500 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
on 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 ensure a slow descent of the bricks.

You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 175 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 equal, 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 a great
deal of 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.

Bill Fuller

05-26-2011, 20:56
No way--he would have to be a Liberal to be that stupid.

R.K. Watkins
05-26-2011, 21:15
This story has been going around since at least 1969 to my personal knowledge. I would be quite interested in seeing documentation that it is "true".

05-26-2011, 21:26

05-26-2011, 21:26
gotta be false if the weights are correct - the pulley should effectively cut the weight of the bricks in half - presuming they were dragging along the side of the building, that would reduce it again. It just is too implausible - to be jerked up so quickly that he didn't have the presence of mind to let go, and never thought of the weight difference in the first place makes it a joke, not a true story.

05-27-2011, 04:50
There was a Mythbusters episode about this.