I was just reading an interesting article on injuries on the job site. My mind wandered back to a couple of the boners I've pulled over the years and what I learned to hopefully survive another year on the job.
One morning while masking for texture I had the bright idea of stacking a 10 foot ladder on a fully jacked baker scaffold. My head was touching the 19 foot high ceiling as I leaned out to reach the corner of the window. The baker flipped and the ladder went through the wall half into the adjoining master bedroom. I woke up in the hospital with a busted knee and a headache that lasted for 4 days. Lesson learned: Don't compensate for not having the proper equipment by making your own death trap.
My next trip to emergency came one Monday morning after an exciting winter weekend of ice fishing. My fishing equipment was still in the back of the truck amongst a bunch of assorted hanging and finishing tools when I arrived at the site to grab a heater to take to a cold garage I was working at down the road. I quickly found a spot to set the heater in the bed of my truck....right next to my freshly sharpened ice auger....with no cover over the blades. They're capable of cutting more than ice. For the next week or more I found it difficult to handle my pan with 9 stitches in my hand. Lesson learned: Skip work....go fishing instead....oh, and don't leave extremely sharp objects hidden under a pile of tools.
Discussing this topic with my wife she reminded me of the time she fell and broke her arm while she was at the hospital....now that's crazy right there. I'm sure everyone has a job site horror story or two of their own. Stay safe...I hope you're covered!!