I spent many years hangin Iron. Along the way I have seen some bad injuries and I have heard tales of even worse. Me personally, I never had anything too major as far as injuries go. I did have a couple close calls though, let’s go down the list:
- Went in hole 15 feet after stepping off a bundle of deck onto an icy beam. Unfortunately for me the concrete guys were keeping the ground heated by blowing heated air into some tarps that were suspended off the ground by vertical rebar. One of those rebar ran up the inside of my leg and stopped about an inch from the old twig and berries.
- Had a 200 ton friction crane boom free fall onto my partner and me after the boom clutch ran from water and grease that had entered the clutch assembly over the weekend. The boom missed me by a couple feet. I’ll never forget that sight!
- I rode a beam line to the ground. The columns only had two anchor bolts at the base. That was back before subpart R made two anchor bolt columns illegal.
I had several more near death experiences. If you have been an Ironworker for any amount of time I am sure that you have a ton of your own stories. There are two types of Ironworkers in this world, those that have had accidents and those that are going too.
I was always very safety conscious when it came to two things though, my fingers and my crown jewels! That’s why when I read this interview today it really stuck with me!
Stay safe brothers, and watch out for the twig and berries!