- Apr 15, 2007
talk about any near death experiences you might have had
last saturday i was pulling out of my neighborhood while trying to send a quick text message. i stopped at the stop sign, looked both ways, looked clear, but i didn't see this little car trailing this SUV. i pulled out and when i saw it, it happended in slow motion. i hit the brakes and the other car slammed so hard burning rubber filled the air. it must have missed the front of my car by 2 feet. if i hadn't stopped as quickly as i had, it would have been a 40mph driver's side collision on my car. needless to say i pay much more attention while pulling into a lane, and i don't text while driving. God was looking out for me.
not many of you know this, but i am, or was an Arborist. the guys who work with trees and stuff
anyway my job entails using a chipper machine. and we use a big one that you could feed a pretty decent sized tree through.
anyway one time alot of this wood was jammed, and i thought to myself, ahh okey this is nothing ill just get up on her (the feed deck) and give it a little push in.
anyway i did that but the moment i touched the wood, it all went through, and the machine, when wood is being feed through it, is really rocky and shakey. i had one of my knees on the feed deck and the shaking was enough to make both of my legs slip from under me and have me lie flat RIGHT INSIDE the chipper on the feed deck while it was going. i swear my arm/hand must have been about 4 inches from the roller which feeds shit through to the blades. and when something goes in there, you CANNOT stop it.
one of the work guys seen all this happen and let me tell ya my entire employment agency, work cover, the council and my crew, and parents, all went fucking balistic on a level i havnt seen before.
they should have fired me then and there, but they realise i was just a 1st year apprentice and stupid shit does happen.
anyway a few months later another chipper incident would occur. this time with a much larger piece of wood.
i didnt need to get on the feeding deck this time uhoh2 but instead i used my foot to push it through. anyway a broken piece of wood caught on my pant leg and dragged me in with it, and tore my pant leg to shreds! however i managed to change the feed from positive (going in) to negative (going out) just in time. that was fucked.
both incidents were fucked. although a whole list of OHS attrocities have happend since i started my apprenticeship (and i mean seriously fucked up ones) i was sacked that day.