I am writing in response to your request for more information concerning block #11 on the insurance form which asks for ‘cause of injuries’ wherein I put ‘Trying to do this job alone'.’
You said you needed more information so I trust the following will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade, and on the date of the injuries I was laying brick around the top of a four-story building, when I realized I had 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to put them into a barrel and lower them by a pulley which was fastened to the top of the building. I secured the end of the rope at ground level and went up to the top of the building and loaded the bricks into the barrel and swung it out with the bricks in it. I then went down and untied the rope, holding it securely to insure the slow descent of the barrel.
As you will note in Block #6 of the insurance form, I weigh 145 lbs.
Due to my shock at being jerked off the ground so swiftly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Between the second and third floors I met the barrel coming down. This accounts for the bruises and lacerations on my upper body.
Regaining my presence of mind, I held tightly to the rope and proceeded up the side of the building not stopping until my right hand jammed in the pulley. This accounts for my broken thumb.
Despite the pain, I regained my presence of mind and held tightly to the rope. At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel now weighed about 50 lbs.
I again refer to Block #6 and my weight of 145 lbs.
As you can guess, I began a rapid descent. In the vicinity of the second floor I met the barrel coming back up. This explains the injuries to my legs and lower body.
Slowed only slightly, I continued my descent landing on the pile of bricks. This accounts for my sprained back and internal injuries.
I am sorry to report, however, that at this point, I again lost my presence of mind and let go of the rope, and as you can imagine, the empty barrel crashed down on me. This accounts for my head injuries.
I trust this answers your concern. Please know that I am finished, TRYING TO DO THIS JOB ALONE.
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