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    AUSTRALIAN BRICKLAYERS REPORT:Brickies Compo Claim

    **This is a true story. Had this guy died, hed have received a Darwin Award for sure.

    This is a bricklayers accident report, which was printed in the newsletter of the Australian equivalent of the Workers Compensation board.

    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 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 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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    Trying to do the job alone .......


    http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/colour_temp_misc.gifPOSTED BY: ][COLOR=#123889]snowtiger[/COLOR] 3 weeks, 5 days ago
    Dear Sir,

    I am writing in response to your request for additional information. In block number 3 of the accident reporting form, I put "trying to do the job alone" as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that 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 discovered that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which, fortunately, 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 brick into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tight to insure a slow descent of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note, in block number 11 of the accident reporting form, that I weigh 135 pounds.

    Due to my surprise of 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 rather rapid rate up the side of the building.

    In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming down. This explains the fractured skull and broken collarbone. 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 my pain.

    At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground, and the bottom broke out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel now weighed approximately fifty pounds.

    I refer you again to my weight in the accident reporting form, block number 11.
    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 accounted for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations on my legs and lower body.

    The encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell onto the pile of bricks, and fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the bricks in pain, unable to stand, and watching the empty barrel six stories above me...I again lost my presence of mind...and let go of the rope!

    Title The Bricklayer's Song
    Artist Corries


    Song lyrics

    Dear Sir I Write This Note To You To Tell You Of My Plight
    For At The Time Of Writing It I'm Not A Pretty Sight
    My Body Is All Black And Blue, My Face A Deathly Grey
    And I Write This Note To Say Why I Am Not At Work Today

    Whilst Working On The 14th Floor Some Bricks I Had To Clear
    But Tossing Them Down From Such A Hight Was Not A Good Idea
    The Foreman Wasn't Very Pleased He Is An Awkward Sod
    And He Said I Had To Cart Them Down The Ladders In Me Hod

    Now Clearing All These Bricks By Hand It Was So Very Slow
    So I Hoisted Up A barrel And Secured A Rope Below
    But In Me Haste To Do The Job, I Was Too Blind To See
    That A barrel Full Of Building Bricks Was Heavier Than Me

    And So When I Untied The Rope The barrel Fell Like Lead
    And Clinging Tightly To The Rope I Started Up Instead
    I Shot Up Like A Rocket, And To My Dismay I Found
    That Halfway Up I Met The Bloody barrel Coming Down

    Well The barrel Broke Me Shoulder As To The Ground It Sped
    And When I Reached The Top I Banged The Pulley With Me Head
    But I Clung On Tightly Numb With Shock From This Almighty Blow
    While The Barrel Spilled Out Half Its Bricks Some 14 Floors Below

    Well When These Bricks Had Fallen From The barrel To The Floor
    I Then Outweighed The barrel And So Started Down Once More
    As I Clung On Tightly To The Rope My Body Racked With Pain
    And Halfway Down I Met The Bloody barrel Once Again

    Now The Force Of This Collision Halfway Down The Office Block
    Caused Multiple Abrasions And A Nasty Case Of Shock
    But I Clung On Tightly To The Rope As I Fell Towards The Ground
    And I Landed On The Broken Bricks The barrel Had Scattered Round.

    Now As I Lay There On The Ground I Thought I'd Passed The Worst
    But The Barrel Hit The Pulley Wheel And Then The Bottom Burst
    A Shower Of Bricks Rained Down On Me I Didn't Have A Hope
    As I Lay There Bleeding On The Ground I Let Go The Bloody Rope

    The barrel Now Being Heavier So Started Down Once More
    It Landed Right Across Me As I Lay There On The Floor
    It Broke 3 ribs And My Left Arm And I Can Only Say
    I Hope You`ll Understand Why I Am Not At Work Today

    not true but funny
    and thats why paddy's not at work today!

    pmsl.

    duh......

    really funny like em

    lol i thought i saw this posted before though......

    made me laugh - and I'm not in the best of moods today!
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