It IS a Wonderful Life! - How to Make Your Life Count
Preached on December 21, 2008
TEXT: Matthew 25:14-25
Have you ever had a really “bad” day?
Here is an actual report of a bricklayer’s accident printed in the newsletter of the English equivalent of the Workers’ Compensation Board. It’s a little lengthy, but funny.
I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block #3 of the accident reporting form. I put, “poor planning” as the cause of my accident. You asked for a more complete 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 I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later, were found to be 240 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 at 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 240 lbs. You will note on the accident reporting form that my weight is 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 explains the fractured skull, minor abrasions, and the 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 which I mentioned in Paragraph 2. Fortunately, by this time, I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly ...
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