1. Welcome to the latest edition of the Summary of Mishaps, your weekly barrage of potshots at folks around the fleet who should have seen it coming and shouldn’t have been surprised when it arrived.
A. A civilian childcare worker in North Carolina was wearing a pair of shoes that occasionally stuck to the floor. After one such adhesive episode, she tripped. She fell forward and landed on her knees, bruising them and scuffing them badly enough to make them bleed.
The report described the footwear as a "nurse" shoe “which has no back strap.”
Hmm. I don’t know the genesis of this term, and I’m having a hard time imagining why nurses wouldn’t need more practical shoes. Nevertheless, to make sure we’re covering all the bases, I’m ordering a few dozen pairs for the summary of mishaps museum gift shop, to be arrayed beside our assortment of “protective sandals.”
B. In this week’s “We’re Doomed, I Tell You, Doomed!” Department, we have a civilian police officer in California. He was, the report said, “responding to pursuit of alleged criminal activity.” It was after dark, and he was trying to put down some “spike strips,” which disable a fleeing vehicle. He tripped and broke his knee. “The incident was unavoidable,” the report alleged.
Sorry, I don’t buy it. Tripping is avoidable. If it wasn’t, everyone would have to wear knee pads every waking moment, and I’d buy stock in a crutch company as soon as I finish typing this sentence.
Tripping may be unavoidable if you are sprinting in the dark and can’t see where you’re going, but that doesn’t mean you should do something that makes it easier for the bad guys to get away.
C. In California, an E-3 aviation ordnanceman was in the back of a flat-bed stake truck, standing on a pallet. His task was to remove the “stake” sections, which are wooden and/or metal, fence-type structures that keep stuff from falling out of the back.
You can tell how well they work, because he hadn’t noticed that the pallet he was standing on was leaning on the stake section he was removing. When he got the stake out, the pallet fell off, taking him with it. He cut his forehead and twisted his ankle when he hit the ground.
Man, didn’t see that one coming.
D. Question: How many E-5 machinery repairmen does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: One more than you have, assuming that the E-5 doesn’t turn off the power to the fixture, that he doesn’t wear any PPE, that there’s a short in the fixture, and that he puts one hand on the bulb and one hand on the bracket while changing the bulb. In that case, you need one more machinery repairman, because your original one had to stop and go to medical.
2. That’s all for this time, sports fans. Until we meet again, remember that change is the mother of many risks.
Last Revision: December 2, 2013