April 2013 #4: A Quick Tutorial on Non-Ladders
1. Welcome to the latest edition of the Summary of Mishaps. This week we offer a tutorial on non-ladders.
A. An E-3 construction mechanic had to install some blinds on the windows at home. He had everything he needed except a step ladder, but since he was at home, he had a chair handy. As everyone knows, chairs are pretty much like small ladders, except that they provide really crappy support and stability, the legs are spindly, and the part where you stand may not be particularly flat. And if you agree that a chair is a bad thing to climb on, what do you think of a glass end table as something to land on after you lose your balance and fall off the chair?
We agree: It is even worse. The table broke and the E-3 sliced up his hand on the shards of glass.
B. Same church, different pew. A maintenance supervisor in Norfolk tried a similar stunt with a plastic chair, which promptly pitched him onto the deck. He broke his arm.
I always like to give a little extra grief to supervisors when they do something boneheaded. Or in a case like this, where they were too busy to go fetch a ladder, but not too busy to go to medical and contribute to a mishap report. Incidentally, under “Lost Work Time,” the report listed “None.”
C. And in the third pew is an E-3 aviation support equipment technician in Virginia who was, the report said, “standing on a night stand.” He toppled off and sprained his ankle.
Yes, I know it is called a “night stand,” but that isn’t why (plus it was 0615, so it was more like morning). The report doesn’t say what he was doing up there.
D. OK, enough about non-ladders, let’s take a look at a piece of sports non-equipment. On a moored amphib, an E-5 electronics technician was getting ready for a drill in a cargo hold. Falling prey to the mysterious whims that bedevil second class petty officers, he “decided to kick his water bottle like a football,” the report said.
Please note that the drill in question was for visit, board, search and seizure ops. It wasn’t a drill for the command flag football team, nor was it a drill for dealing with budget issues that were preventing the command from purchasing actual sports equipment.
The E-2 slipped and booted a box that was holding the bottle/football in place. It must not have been a nice, soft cardboard box (the report didn’t specify), because the E-5 cut his foot. He then hobbled over to medical for some stitches.
Part of the problem with horseplay is that you end up looking like the end of the horse that is opposite of the head.
2. That’s all for this week, sports fans. See you on the flip side.
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