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Dear Sir

Topic: g-rated

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information. In block #3 of the accident reporting form, I put -quote LOST PRESENCE OF MIND unquote - as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that the following details will suffice.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a six story building. When I had completed my work I discovered that I had about 500 pounds of bricks left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which, fortunately, was attached to the side of the building at the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 500 pounds of bricks. You will note in block #11 of the accident reporting form that I weigh 170 pounds. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I LOST PRESENCE OF MIND and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say I then proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming down. This explains the broken collarbone and fractured skull. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley. Fortunately, by this time, I had regained my PRESENCE OF MIND and was able to hold tightly to the rope in my pain. At about the same time, however , the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks the barrel weighed approximately 50 pounds. I refer you again to my weight in block #11. As you might imagine I began to descend rapidly down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles and the lacerations of my legs and lower body. The encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and, fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the bricks, in pain, I again LOST PRESENCE OF MIND, -- I LET GO OF THE ROPE.

Yours Sincerely,


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