Construction is not a glamorous profession. It’s hard, thankless work. It’s also one of the most dangerous fields to be employed in. According to OSHA, over 20% of the nearly 4,000 worker fatalities in 2013 were in the construction sector. You’d never get me up on scaffolding several stories high or climbing rickety ladders with my hands full. I have heard more construction accident stories than I could ever possibly remember. In high school, I had a shop teacher with only eight and a half digits, Mr. B. He would always point with his mangled hand, and I could only assume that he did that for dramatic effect. He was a scary man, long hair, perpetual 5 O’clock shadow, and a generally grumpy demeanor. He had a very sick sense of humor to go along with it. All of these features caused a lot of speculation about how his grotesque right hand got that way. The most accepted story was from a classmate whose dad’s had a friend whose brother was in Mr. B’s class twenty years earlier and witnessed him cut his hand with a circular saw during a safety demonstration. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but the story seemed fitting.
In college, I took a construction job during the summer building houses for extra cash. One of my friends on these jobs, Pete, suffered one of the scariest injuries I’ve ever witnessed one summer. We were installing some trim to a nearly finished home when our boss told us that the wrong trim design had been delivered and we had to take what he had been working on down and replace it with the correct design. Pete jokingly put the nail gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The safety on the old nail gun had been stuck in, and the one inch brad went straight through his temple. Stupid, yes. Terrifying, yes. Luckily the hospital was able to remove the nail, and my a narrow margin my friend was able to keep the vision in his right eye.
So I’ve established that construction injuries can be pretty brutal. They can also be pretty entertaining. I stumbled upon the video below of a construction crew trying to shut down, or at least subdue, a concrete buffer that has run amuck. Everyone on site is trying to find a way to stop this thing, and each new idea seems sillier and sillier. Let us know if you have any crazy construction stories or videos in the comments below. Enjoy, and be safe.