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#1 toppop52 ONLINE  

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Posted January 23, 2015 - 07:32 AM

Installing new garage door openers, I stepped off the ladder one step too soon Saturday, did a sideways shuffle across the garage, slammed into the wall and jammed my right arm into my ribs, it hurt like a b---h! I ended up sitting on something and thought I should take a minute to get my wits about me, when I realized my jeans were smoking, I was sitting on the infrared heater I just crushed! So I jumped up from there just in time for the crushed heater to blow the breaker, leaving me in the dark, in pain and well pissed off and feeling stupid all at once. So I did what any red blooded American male would do, I turned on the breaker, threw away the heater, and finished my job! Boy I'm sore, but I headed back out to work on the other one, can't keep a good (hard headed) southern boy, down! LOL I sincerely apologize for the lack of video coverage, I will however post pictures of the victimized heater.


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 07:36 AM

Wow, shame no video... sounds like it would've made AFV :poke:
How are the ribs and backside today?
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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:04 AM

Sounds like something I could do! It makes me laugh but I know it hurts. Could have been worse, glad you're ok.
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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:05 AM

I would have screamed and kicked the heater, then smashed the ladder to reclaim my position as master of the shop.  No inanimate object is going to push me around.  Not sure where that places me on the red-blooded American male spectrum tho.  Probably down by "caveman"


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:09 AM

Been there on that early step off the ladder! But haven't sat on a heater as yet! Glad it didn't require a trip to the ER!


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:11 AM

I've done the same many times on the steps down into the parlor milking pit. The fall is easy....it's the landing that gets ya!
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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:16 AM

I had a 7' figerglass ladder kind of collapse onme back in the summer while doing my bathroom renovation. I somehow twisted my weight while I was up working by the 10' ceiling. I was off the floor about 3-4', my back and shoulders hurt for weeks after that.

 

Now seeing your pants on fire, that would have been a good video!!! :rocker2:  :rolling:


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:24 AM

All I am going to say is I hate ladders, and heights. 


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:28 AM

Ladders. Just another man-made evil.



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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:48 AM

I know all to well the dangers of ladders. 21 yrs ago,16' in the air and the ladder I was on went sideways. The fall down was quick and painless but the meeting of the rocky covered ground did the damage. Many broken bones,shattered both wrists shattered left eye socket shattered left cheek, the list goes on. Many weeks & yrs and 7 surgerys and I'am still here to play and drive my tractors. So all in all life is good. Hope to beable to keep doing what I do for many more yrs. So anytime I hear of ladder accidents it makes me take notice. 


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:54 AM

Gotta love Murphy!! Someone should catch that fellow and put him on a ladder for awhile, lol. Hope you're O.K.


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 08:58 AM

The first and last step can be a real b___h


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 09:25 AM

Yea, it's not the fall, it's the sudden stop at the bottom :wallbanging:


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Posted January 23, 2015 - 11:40 AM

I saw the title and thought this should be good, you didn't let me down!   As others have said I have done the same thing but lucky only my pride was hurt.  I'm glad it wasn't any worse.



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Posted January 23, 2015 - 11:54 AM

I know all to well the dangers of ladders. 21 yrs ago,16' in the air and the ladder I was on went sideways. The fall down was quick and painless but the meeting of the rocky covered ground did the damage. Many broken bones,shattered both wrists shattered left eye socket shattered left cheek, the list goes on. Many weeks & yrs and 7 surgerys and I'am still here to play and drive my tractors. So all in all life is good. Hope to beable to keep doing what I do for many more yrs. So anytime I hear of ladder accidents it makes me take notice. 

 

We watch training videos EVERY year about the hazards of ladders for our underground mine training.  It is a hazard that no one really thinks about inflicting major injuries.  In a mandatory 8 hour course one tends to drift in and out of paying attention, but people need to think about just how hazardous a ladder is.  I remember them saying that a fall from just 4 feet flat on the floor can cause serious internal injuries.

 

I am scared to death of heights(8 feet or more) and really hate ladders.  When I painted my house I stared at that ladder and tested it so many times before venturing up.....






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