There was a horrible car crash where five teenagers died.
So often in safety education we hear if you take risks
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
Warning… this is a horrible story. A man in his 30’s was at his mother’s house. He had come to attend his father’s funeral. After the funeral, he was staying a few extra days to be with his Mom. As he was walking in the kitchen, he tripped. He ended up falling forward on the open door of the dishwasher. A big barbecue fork was somehow sticking up. He landed on it with his face. The fork punctured his eye with enough force, it was driven into his brain, killing him. Another fatality from a same level fall.
I was called to the scene of a single car rollover on a straight stretch of highway. The car had rolled over several times.
A bus lost control and crashed into a chain link fence. One of the passengers, a 40 year old pipe fitter, was skewered through his abdomen and fastened to his seat. He said he felt like he was harpooned. Luckily the pipe missed his vital organs. Later, as doctors handed the piece of pipe to him as a souvenir, the pipe fitter looked at the docs and with a trained eye, exclaimed inch and a quarter. ”
Michael was 29 years old and had a lot going for him. He had a great job, and he was very happy with his family life. One Saturday morning he was going to take his kids to a soccer game, but before he did that, he had one last chore to do around the house. He was going to clean the leaves out from the gutter. He took his ladder and went to the edge of the house, climbed it and scooped out the leaves.
I once worked as a paramedic in a town of about 5,000 people. At the busiest intersection, there was a low speed motor vehicle collision that caused minimal damage. One of the drivers walked over to see if the other driver was okay. The other driver was a woman of about 30 years who hadn’t been wearing a seatbelt. Her head hit the corner post and she received a small cut on her forehead. She had about 20 drops of blood running down her face which made the injury look much worse than it actually was. Unfortunately for the other driver, he could not stand the sight of blood and fainted.
One morning, a woman was on her way to work when she rear-ended another vehicle at a red light. She was going approximately 20 mph (30 kph) when they collided. Fortunately the damage was minor. Whenever we are called, we are obligated to check the people involved in case they are injured. It was easy to tell what the woman was doing at the exact point of impact. When we looked at her, we couldn’t help noticing a large red line that ran from the corner of her mouth right up to her ear. You guessed it. As she was driving, she was looking in the rear view mirror, applying lipstick. At impact, her hand, with the lipstick in it, streaked across her face.
We attended a man and woman with badly broken legs. The gentleman’s foot was almost knocked clean off his leg. It was hanging on by just a bit of skin and there was a very good chance he could lose it. Okay…no more graphic stuff.