Only in Australia!!

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  1. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    Recieved this email yesterday, and found it quite funny.


    Compensation Report


    And you thought this only happened in cartoons.



    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.



    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 storey 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 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 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 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 dizziness. 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
     
  2. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    that cant be a true story, can it??!!
     
  3. fitzy

    fitzy Active Member

    Yes it is true. Its old but it happened and it made it into the papers her if I remember correctly. Also, I think it got an honerable mention in the Darwin Awards.
     
  4. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    yea i think ive heard that before definately
     

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