Tough day at work.

Wile E Coyote

Well-Known Member
Nov 22, 2010
Ny State
When one man was asked to fill out a group insurance form explaining the many injuries on which he was making a claim, this is what he said:

I am writing in response to your request concerning Block No. 1 on the insurance form, which asked for the cause of injuries, wherein I put "trying to do the job alone." You said you needed more information, so I trust that the following will be sufficient.

I am a brick layer by trade, and on the day of the injuries, I was working alone, laying brick around the top of a four-story building, and when I realized that I had about 500 pounds of bricks left over. Rather than carry them down by hand, I decided to put them in a barrel and lower them by pulley, which was fastened to the top of the building. I secured the end of the rope at ground level and went up to the top of the building and loaded the bricks onto the barrel and flung the barrel out with the bricks in it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it securely to insure the slow descent of the barrel.

As you will note on Block No. 6 of the insurance form, I weigh 150 pounds. Due to the shock of being jerked off the ground so swiftly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Between the second and third floors, I met the barrel coming down. This accounts for the injuries and laceration is to my upper body. Regaining my presence of mind, again I held tightly to the rope and proceeded rapidly off up the side of the building, not stopping until my right hand was jammed in the pulley. This accounts for my broken thumb.

Despite the pain, I retain my presence of mind and held tightly to the rope. At approximately the same time however the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel now weighed about 50 pounds. I refer you again to Block No. 6 and my weight. As you would guess, I began a rapid descent. In the vicinity of the second floor I met the barrel coming up. This explains the injuries to my legs and lower body. Slowed only slightly, I continued my descent, landing on the pile of bricks. Fortunately, my back was only sprained and the internal injuries were minimal. I am sorry to report, however, at this point I again lost my presence of mind and let go of the rope. As you can imagine, the empty barrel crashed down on me.

I trust this answers your concern. Please know that I am finished with trying to do the job alone.


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