It’s Not Only the Fall, What You Land on Can Hurt

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.

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Signs and Symptoms of Abdominal Injuries

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. ”

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Being in a Rush

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.

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Be Prepared for an Emergency

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.

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Driver Distraction

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.

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