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#1 NUTNDUN OFFLINE  

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 06:57 PM

I decided it was a nice night to fall from the 2nd story roof to the 1st floor roof.

In all honesty they are calling for all this rain and flooding conditions so I wanted to clean the gutters out so the water runs away from the house a little better. We have a patio roof at the back of the house which is a metal roof. I used my aluminum extension ladder which doesn't have rubber feet. Not thinking and got up onto the porch roof and then pulled the ladder up onto the porch roof so I could get up onto the 2nd story roof.

Climbed up onto the roof and I am not a big heights person when it comes to being on a roof. I got as close as I could to try and get the stuff out of the first drain but I just couldn't reach as far as I needed to and still be comfortable. So I had my wife toss up a little garden shovel, problem is the first one went on the other lower roof LOL. So she grabbed a second one and I told her to just put it on the porch roof and that I would climb down and get it.

I no sooner got to the edge of the roof and turned around and went to put my left foot on the ladder and she went out from under me and I fell. Happened so quick I don't know what all I hit when I hit the porch roof. I got a pretty good scrape and gouge in my left thigh/knee and my right shin is banged up. The longer I am sitting still I can feel other aches and I am sure I won't feel good tomorrow.

I had my wife take a pic of my left leg. It isn't too gruesome since I'm not missing any limbs.

I think I might deserve the Darwin award considering I knew better, just didn't think of it at the time.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:03 PM

All things considered, you're one lucky camper! You could easily be in the morgue right now....after busting your head or breaking your neck. Yes, we all should be more careful, but I'm pretty safe when it comes to ladders & heights. I simply won't go off the ground unless I'm safe as can be. I don't do heights anymore unless secure. Glad you're still with us George! We won't have to worry about you on ladders anymore do we!

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:04 PM

Ouch!
Glad you didn't break anything.
Hope you heal up soon.
Your very fortunate! Could have been much worse....

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:10 PM

I know one thing, that ladder I used is getting turned in for scrap. The thing is ancient and is a safety hazard but I liked <- notice the past tense) it because it was nice and light. It is alright for most things as long as it is on solid ground that isn't slippery.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 07:50 PM

Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt. Nice still oozing action photo by the way.

Ladders a certainly nothing to take lightly. As I get older and heavier, I like being on them less and less.

When I was in the volunteer fire dept, we would extend the ladder straight up and climb it up and over and down the other side. No more of that.

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:17 PM

Used to install antenna systems. Ladders are a useful tools, but dangerous as heck. Glad you're going to be OK.

On the plus side, Scrap aluminum is up...

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:32 PM

BTW George, I have to be super careful when off the ground. Heck, I slipped in the milk parlor below ground level & almost busted my tail bone! I am much more inclined to screw up as elevation rises. LOL
I know that scrape hurts!

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Posted September 29, 2010 - 08:56 PM

Glad to hear you survived your incident with minimal injuries George. It could have been much worse. I'm not one for working on ladders much but I did get my 2 story house pressure washed this last weekend without any problems.

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 04:40 AM

You are most likely gonna be sore today.You're lucky though,it doesn't look too bad.

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 06:27 AM

OOCH, Glad to here you are OK George.
A little sore maybe but at least not to serious of injures.
I used to climb 70 -80 foot silos in my younger days like nothing.
Not today anymore.

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 07:40 AM

The things some people do just to get a lil sympathy. :poke:
Glad your reasonably OK.

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 07:41 AM

Your one lucky guy thats for sure.Maybe you should go buy a lottery ticket with that kinda luck you maybe a winner.LOL.Ladder work is dangerous,many people have been hurt really bad.Glad your OK and didn't suffer more damage. Larry.

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 08:01 AM

What I want to know is this? Did you hurt the roof? :D

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 03:08 PM

I'm really glad that you're OK George! That scrape really looks like it hurts! Ought to make a decent battle scar though!

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Posted September 30, 2010 - 09:44 PM

Ouch, glad your alright. The funny part about this (i know, what could be funny about falling off the roof?) is that just yesterday in shop class we were talking all about ladder safety and what we shouldn't do.

btw, i was doin roof work last weekend to finish the tractor shed.




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