Ladder Safety

I attended a man who had been building a garage. He had climbed the ladder onto the garage roof to nail shingles in place. The roof was about 9 feet high. As he stepped from the ladder onto the roof with his right foot, he stepped on some plastic that was on the roof. His foot slipped, and he fell feet first onto the ground. When he landed, he heard a loud crack. When we arrived with the ambulance, his leg was bent at 90 degree angle, 3 inches below his knee. It was a very nasty break.

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Same Level Falls

During 24 years of working in Emergency Services, the following was one of the worst broken legs I’ve ever seen. A 45 year old woman was walking at a quick pace to answer the door. She had ordered a pizza, and the delivery man was there…

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We responded to a motor vehicle collision. When we arrived, we found we didn’t need the jaws of life to gain access to the injured because the right side of the car was torn open. An 8 year old boy was lying on top of his 35 year old dad. Both of them were on the floor in the back seat. Both were dead. Several days later, a police officer who had worked on the case told me more….

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Head Injuries

In 1848, Phineas Gage was working for the Rutland & Burlington Railroad. While at work, an explosion hurled a 3 foot, 7 inch long – and over one and a quarter inch in diameter – crowbar at him. The bar entered his left cheek and exited through the top of his head, flying another 25 yards before stopping!

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Situational Awareness

A man was going to take a picture of his family at a lookout point along the highway in a national park. He lined the family up and started to back up to get the shot. He hopped a fence so he could get a better picture and continued to back up. He went too far and fell down a steep embankment, sustaining injuries that would keep…..

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Stair Safety

We attended a 39 year old man who was carrying some boxes down the stairs. His visibility was limited, and as he went down the stairs, he missed a step. Down he went and rolled down the remaining 5 stairs. He received a serious head injury…

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Why Wear a Hard Hat

A couple of years ago I was visiting a friend of mine. His 18 year old son, who had recently gotten his first full-time job on a construction site, was complaining that he had to wear a hard hat at work. It’s too awkward