The Stairway to Heaven (3 of 5) by Roger Thomas
This content is part of a series.The Stairway to Heaven (3 of 5)
Series: Storm Proof Life
Have you ever had one of those days? You felt like you were the one who inspired the song, "If it weren't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck at all!" Perhaps you can identify with this fellow. I am writing in response to your request for additional information about my accident. You said the claim form needed more than "it just wasn't my day." Here're the details.
I am a bricklayer. I was working alone on the roof of a ten-story building. I had 500 pounds of bricks left over. I decided to lower the bricks to the ground in a barrel attached to the side of the building by a rope and pulley. I went to the ground, pulled the barrel to the roof. After securing the rope, I climbed to the roof and loaded the bricks into the barrel. I went back down and untied the rope to start lowering the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note on line 11 of the report that I weigh 185 pounds.
As the barrel cleared the roof, I was suddenly jerked off the ground. Not wanting to lose the bricks, I held on. Somewhere in the vicinity of the fifth floor I met the barrel coming down. This explains the fractured collarbone. My ascent up the side of the building stopped when I was two knuckles deep into the pulley. This explains the severely lacerated hand. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, I again held on to the rope in spite of the pain. Ten stories below, the barrel of bricks hit the ground. The collision broke the bottom out of the barrel. The empty barrel now weighed only 30 pounds. I refer you again to line 11.
Suddenly I began an even more rapid descent down the side of the building. Again somewhere in the vicinity of the fifth floor, I met that barrel again! This explains the fractured ankle. I continued my descent, landing on the pile of bricks. Note the reference to three cracked vertebrae. I lay there conscience but stunned. I looke ...
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