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A work-related accident claim

An insurance company asked for more information regarding a work-related accident claim.

This was the response: “I put ‘poor planning’ as the cause of my accident I’am an amateur radio operator and was working on the top section of my new 80 foot tower.”

When I had completed my work, I discovered that I had, over the course of several trips up the tower, brought up about 300 pounds of tools and spare hardware.

Rather than carry the materials down by hand, I decided to lower the items using a pulley securing the rope at ground level, I went to the top of the tower and loaded the tools into a small barrel.

Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the 300 pounds of tools you will note in block number 11 of the accident report that I weigh 155 pounds.

Due to my surprise of being lifted off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope.

I proceeded at a rather rapid rate of speed up the side of the tower in the vicinity of the 40 foot level, I met the barrel coming down this explains my fractured skull and 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.


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