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sakai2005
12-02-2007, 06:30 PM
lebill got me thinking

how many off you have been face to face with the grim reaper on the job? .I was many times but was very lucky and young and had no ties at that time.as i posted in bills thread i was sword fishing and lobstering on geoges banks back then and when i think back on thoses days it makes me wonder how i survived.but being young and full of it you dont think of it that way. ps dont ever go to georges banks in the winter unless your young and full of it.

berg417448
12-02-2007, 06:37 PM
Yeah...I've seen him up close a few times on the job. Now that I'm retired maybe he'll stay away for a while.

Loco-S
12-02-2007, 07:03 PM
been shot, had a crash landing, (not in the same occasion) got in a fight with 7 muggers ( I lost), so far so good.

buzzsaw1939
12-02-2007, 07:22 PM
There are some occupations where he is a constant companion, how ever if your still here, you didn't recognize him, or pay that much attention at the time.

When I look back now, some memorys make my heart rate climb. must be an old age thing! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

gdfo
12-02-2007, 07:23 PM
On the 'job' and off the 'job'.

3 times, 1 real close. Not sure this is really a good topic though.

han freak solo
12-02-2007, 07:39 PM
0 on the job. 2 off the job.

AFJ_rsm
12-02-2007, 07:47 PM
well cough up the details you crazy locos
what exactly happened and how did you survive?

i actually think this is a pretty interesting topic

Gringo_UK1
12-02-2007, 07:59 PM
As an ex motorcycle courier in London we used to cross paths several times a day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif ,fortunately the pedestrians always drew his attention away from me allowing me to escape http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif Had a few close calls on some dodgy B roads on my days off as well http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

han freak solo
12-02-2007, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by AFJ_rsm:
well cough up the details you crazy locos
what exactly happened and how did you survive?

Mine are mundane and written here before in other topics.

Age 17 - Car crash in a '68 Beetle at 90mph. 5 days in hospital with face and scalp sewn back together.

Age 22 - Robbed at gunpoint. Nearly sh1t my pants, but otherwise unscathed.

I've always had a pretty good job record with minor electrical shocks thrown in, but others in my industry (press/bindery repair) have lost fingers, hands, and one lost his life to electrocution.

Monterey13
12-02-2007, 09:34 PM
I've been shocked MANY times, shot at, almost crushed, some real bad wrecks, and in 10 years of Firefighting, I guess you can imagine all of the times he has almost gotten me, but it wasn't my time.

When it's my time, it'll probably be my heart a few hours after a really big fire. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Waldo.Pepper
12-02-2007, 10:16 PM
I got a really bad paper cut once. I still have nightmares. Oh and once a real big stack of discs shifted and almost got me.

Von_Rat
12-02-2007, 10:34 PM
as someone who now works with explosives, this threads subject matter is somthing i'd rather not think about.

10 years no close calls on my present job,,, yet.


as for off the job. jeeez, to many to remember in the last 50+ years.

ive been shot at, have had knives pulled on me not to mention ball bats. i got cracked over the head with liquer bottle while being robbed. i almost got run down, i jumped straight up on the cars roof as it went under me. numerous car and motorcycle wrecks or near wrecks. almost drowned.

the list goes on and on.


i attribute my having and surviving all these close calls, to bad judgment and good reflexives.

Friendly_flyer
12-02-2007, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by Von_Rat:
i attribute my having and surviving all these close calls, to bad judgment and good reflexives.

That was very well put, von Rat!

han freak solo
12-03-2007, 07:10 AM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
I got a really bad paper cut once. I still have nightmares. Oh and once a real big stack of discs shifted and almost got me.
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han freak solo
12-03-2007, 07:11 AM
Originally posted by Von_Rat:

ive been shot at, have had knives pulled on me not to mention ball bats. i got cracked over the head with liquer bottle while being robbed. i almost got run down, i jumped straight up on the cars roof as it went under me. numerous car and motorcycle wrecks or near wrecks. almost drowned.

the list goes on and on.

Are you Jason Bourne? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

M4Sherman4
12-03-2007, 08:53 AM
Well I have only had one close call.I was 10 years old And was on a fast moving river in a 14 foot flat bottom boat.I pushed the boat out from the island and didn't realize the river was moving so fast and before a knew it I was in the middle of the channel and A large barge was comin towards me. and when the barge was maybe......100 yards away A man came and towed me back to the island.my mom was relived and ready to KILL me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif the sad thing is I was A excellent swimmer But I was to stupid to get out of the boat and swim to safety http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

DuxCorvan
12-03-2007, 09:06 AM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Von_Rat:

ive been shot at, have had knives pulled on me not to mention ball bats. i got cracked over the head with liquer bottle while being robbed. i almost got run down, i jumped straight up on the cars roof as it went under me. numerous car and motorcycle wrecks or near wrecks. almost drowned.

the list goes on and on.

Are you Jason Bourne? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I guess he's a tax auditor. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BTW, being at a glass-blower, I was given a blow job, and thought for a moment I had died and in heaven. Glass blowing is so dangerous...

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Von_Rat
12-03-2007, 11:56 AM
Originally posted by DuxCorvan:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by han freak solo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Von_Rat:

ive been shot at, have had knives pulled on me not to mention ball bats. i got cracked over the head with liquer bottle while being robbed. i almost got run down, i jumped straight up on the cars roof as it went under me. numerous car and motorcycle wrecks or near wrecks. almost drowned.

the list goes on and on.

Are you Jason Bourne? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I guess he's a tax auditor. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

</div></BLOCKQUOTE>


neither,,, i grew up in chicago.


that should be explaination enough. lol.

crucislancer
12-03-2007, 12:27 PM
A few years ago someone was driving a forklift, with a tall load on the forks, forward through the warehouse, he turned the corner and gunned it down a straightaway, in a big hurry, right for me and another co-worker, who wasn't paying attention. I was, fortunately. From what I heard after the fact, I tackled my co-worker and pushed us both out of the way, onto a pallet of flat shipping boxes, while the driver drove by completely unawares. I guess we were about a second away from being hit. I don't think I ever moved that fast in my life. Not sure if it was life threatening, but it sure would have hurt.

Warrington_Wolf
12-03-2007, 12:47 PM
I think that I made two pairs of varifocal spectacles for a Mr G Reaper last week.
On that subject I remember the last Friday the 13th, the first repair that I had to do that day had a reference number of 666, and the name of the patient was a Mr Kruger. I kid you not.

Mysticpuma2003
12-03-2007, 12:51 PM
Had a couple of calls at the door.

First was while tree-felling and a cable snapped, which sent the tree in the wrong direction...my direction..I'm sure I past Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson on my run away from impending doom. The top of the tree really did land about two-feet behind me with great splinters of branches heading everywhere except at me!

My second was photographing a paedophile for a news story. Being new to the job and full of bravado (and having missed him going into his house) I went up to his door and knocked.
He answered the door and I took five-frames before the door closed.

I turned away and as I reached the end of the path, the door opened and he came charging out with a baseball bat. His first swing clipped the top of my head, at which point I started running (backwards) while taking photos of him swinging the bat at me (yes ever the pro http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif ), as I got near my car, he swung the bat and smashed the windscreen, smashed the mirrors off and generally battered his target.

He then ran back to his house and called his wife to ring the Police..to get me!

At that point, I shouted his name and pointed at my car....which was behind the car he's just smashed up!

It was beautiful to see him put in prison for 3-years for his sex offences and got a nice picture of him swinging the bat too!

Cheers, MP.

BillyTheKid_22
12-03-2007, 05:50 PM
I retired Oil Rig!! I still work Rucker Mechanical, Inc!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BillyTheKid_22
12-03-2007, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by han freak solo:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Von_Rat:

ive been shot at, have had knives pulled on me not to mention ball bats. i got cracked over the head with liquer bottle while being robbed. i almost got run down, i jumped straight up on the cars roof as it went under me. numerous car and motorcycle wrecks or near wrecks. almost drowned.

the list goes on and on.

Are you Jason Bourne? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



http://zippyfish.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/screenshot-bourne-ultimatum.jpg



http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I love The Bourne Ultimatum!!

ElAurens
12-03-2007, 05:58 PM
Back in college I was sitting in a "townie" bar enjoying a cold one at the bar when two guys get into a fight over a game of pool. One pulls a .22 automatic pistol and starts cracking off rounds.

Heard on of those little lead nosed bumble bees zip past my right ear.

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LEBillfish
12-03-2007, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the kind mention sakai, i'm not ignorring your thread yet would prefer not to share my applicable experiences.

K2

DrHerb
12-03-2007, 07:07 PM
Nearly lost my foot trying to clear a jam on a conveyor belt in a paper recycling plant. Needless to say i walked out unscathed but unemployed after as i quit that job in a hurry

slo_1_2_3
12-03-2007, 10:21 PM
I work at Mc Donalds (aka McHell)
Where I work as a mcslave, I die alittle more everyday when I eat lunch there....

-HH-Quazi
12-04-2007, 06:14 AM
Actually have met him on several occasions, just wasn't my time to go.

Bearcat99
12-04-2007, 09:35 AM
Once while in the Navy I almost got sucked up in an A-7.. Another time I was a plane captain in Nevada.. we were doing a 72 hour extendex.. 72 hours straight.. I had just started a plane.. I was driving the huffer.. which is a vehicle with a small turbo in it that we used to start the engines on the planes.. anyway I had just launced a plane.. and for some reason I still don't know.. I pulled up behind another plane.. What I didnt know was that that plane was about to go up... and amazingly no one saw me there.. not the other plane captain who had his huffer hooked up to the plane... or the other one who was doing tyhe launch.. not the line chief.. not the pilot.. no one... and I am sitting there in this huffer @ 5 feet from the tail of this A-7 that is about to start... in my huffer.. engine running.. I am watching the PC give his hand signal to the pilot to crank it.. watching the other PC start the huffer... looking at the waves of hot air that are spilling out the tail... then it hit me where I was and I just hit the gas and slammed the huffer in reverse... just as the engine caught.. it burnt the top & front of the huffer... thats how close it was... Once I moved then everyone saw me and the chief told me to go to the line shack and take a break... I still cringe to think what could have happened if I had been a half second later...

Another time I was working on a mchine at some company in Manhattan one night.... I had the power off but what I didnt know was tat this board i was trying to get the connector off of had 120 on it.. I had a grip on the board.. and I touched a land on the harness and got zapped real good.. I pulled my shoulder yanking my arm away.. My chest was tingling.. heart pounding.. i think if that happened to me today I might have chyecked out.. but I was @ 28 then so... it just hurt like hell..

leitmotiv
12-04-2007, 10:00 AM
On the job? Only once I can recall. California, 1977. I pinkslipped (sent to the Dean) a football player in a high school German class who was my height (6'4") and probably 80 pounds heavier for being a complete disciplinary schmuck. I turned my back on him to sign the slip and he slammed me over the head with a clipboard. I waked several minutes later wondering what I was doing on the floor. Classically, no action was taken by the administration against the student. This did it for me with teaching high school. You had to be a Navy Seal to teach high school in California by that time.

Taylortony
12-04-2007, 03:20 PM
Prepped a Jag in the RAF when in Sardinia that was going to Gibralter for a piss up (long sea trip).... sorry Navigation exercise http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ..... noticed hydraulic fluid around the eng cowl, as a new engineer on Jags I snagged it and was told it was fine....... pilot got in fired it up, I went back to just have another shuftie before it departed, noticed a drip, so made him shut it down..... one pissed off pilot, especially when he found out it had been cleared earlier...... shouting, swearing as weekend ruined as other jets departed, lots more swearing, helmet thrown across apron, full on spitting out of dummy....... stuck to my guns and eng door was dropped open, (couple of hours work) wave of fluid out of the door and realisation over pilots face that I had just probably saved his life, indeed he was then told he would not have made it by those that knew......... lots of humble pie swallowed and was never questioned again over any of my decisions......... glad I stuck to my guns, but not more than he was.....

It taught me a lot too, Never be phased by someone that things he is better or more superior to anyone when they are not, no one is, though some just think they are....... You find the wealthier they are can have this detriment too....I will never allow myself to be coerced or bullied into letting an aircraft go I am unsure of....... Some aircraft engineers will...Myself, If I lose one, I would find it so inconsolable......

You sometimes get the pilots in life that think they are a better pilot than they blatently are, simply because they fly a warbird, a bit like sportscar owners....... end of the day it comes down to money not skill......... I know Cessan 152 pilots that are far superior skill wise than the rich owner of say a Mustang, but because he flies a Mustang everyone seems to assume he is a good pilot...........

Phil_C
12-04-2007, 03:45 PM
While in England at least a dozen years ago, i was at the front of a train the IRA picked as its bombing target... the rear of the train tho.

And about 10 years ago i was T-boned by an 88 yr old who didnt think that stop applied to him-and i am still recovering from that accident (and will never fully)...

Those were the 2 closest i would like to be, until its my time.

BillyTheKid_22
12-04-2007, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
On the job? Only once I can recall. California, 1977. I pinkslipped (sent to the Dean) a football player in a high school German class who was my height (6'4") and probably 80 pounds heavier for being a complete disciplinary schmuck. I turned my back on him to sign the slip and he slammed me over the head with a clipboard. I waked several minutes later wondering what I was doing on the floor. Classically, no action was taken by the administration against the student. This did it for me with teaching high school. You had to be a Navy Seal to teach high school in California by that time.



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BSS_AIJO
12-04-2007, 04:58 PM
hmm

So much has happened over the years...

I have been truly lucky on too many occasions..

When I was 10 I was diagnosed with type1 diabetes...

On Friday they simply sent us home, not quite sure what the problem was.

The next day we had to make a mad dash to the local children's hospital.

Thing was that it was the day of the Christmas Parade and the public transport we needed to get the last 21 blocks was not running, so with late stage ketone acidosis I walked 21 blocks in 30 degree weather.

When I was 18 I had just gotten out of the car one night and was hit be another car going 35 miles per hour.. I did an excellent backflip and my shoes came off..

All I broke was a toe.

Later in College I had a nighttime hypoglycemic event that should have put me out of the game but the cat woke my up and I spent the day unable to talk or much else but got the needed sugar in me and was eventually ok.

Even later in college I had my car break down a few miles from the house a cop pick me up but would only drop me as close as the border between the two where I was and where I lived.

I walked the last 3 miles..

Ohh and it a was -30f with the windchill.

When you are starting to lose to hypothermia you start thinking the strangest things..

Like its actually warm, and you should stop moving and take a nap.

That needless to say would have gone poorly.

Even later in college, I was off to the club for some booze dancing and casual encounters..

Some knob tried to mug me with a butcher knife about two blocks from where I was going.

He seemed a tad surprised by the viscousness of the beating get got from me.

When I got out of school I spent less time cheating death..

But, I drive about 50k miles per year, usually at high speeds...


BSS_AIJO

Airmail109
12-04-2007, 05:55 PM
Someone delete my post?

Dash_8
12-05-2007, 08:37 AM
About 5 years ago while flying from Syracuse NY to Phillidelphia PA we flew in a strong microburst as we approached PHL. (A Microburst is a very strong downdraft that occurs in some severe thunderstorms).

We were at 3000 feet when suddenly the the plane starts to gain about 30 knots of speed almost instantly. In the very next second it loses about 60 knots and starts to sink. We added max power (about 2000 hp for each engine on the Dash 8, so 4000 total shaft HP) and pitched up to try and to stop the descent. It didn't stop it but 'slowed' it to a 1500 foot per minute descent.

So here we are at max power, piched up and still going down tail first. I could hardly see the instrument panel as the plane was shaking violently in the turbulance.

I got off some call to ATC to say we were unable to maintain altitude. The controlled responded with some thing like, "Let me know when you can level off." I was thinking 'I hope its before we hit the ground.'

Luckily, microbursts are not very big. And it was all over in about a minute. We were at 700 feet when it stopped decending. At the 1500 foot per minute descent rate, I figure we had about 30 seconds to live.

Luckily no one was injured and there was no damage to the aircraft. Just a lot for the cleaners to clean when we got to Philly as many of the passengers weren't able to hold their dinners down.

M2morris
12-05-2007, 06:17 PM
On the job: Logging oldgrowth trees in Washington state I was standing a few feet downhill from 4 foot diameter log, as a turn of logs went up the hill the log was kicked loose and started rolling at me and the only thinbg I could do was dive over it before it could go over me. I also one time hid behind a big stump at the base of a rock bluff as a rolling-clothwasher-sized rock hit it and bounced off and went on down the canyon. Bumbed a smokefrom someone and I didnt even smoke. I wont even go into the helicopter logging near Mt St Helens. Military stuff: In back seat of a hummvee stuck in the middle of the Tigris river in N iraq mid 90s SF stuff with Turks, British officer driving, Kurd on the M-60 overhead,Turkish officer in front passenger side, I was a commo sgt. An estimated squad size of PKK showed up with AKs and RPGs, the two Turkish toyota landcruisers that were ahead of us made it through the river just fine because they had deep water fording kits and our hummer didnt, but they drew the PKK away from us. A few days day before some little **** teenager with rifle started popin at us near Zakhu, well, before that someone set off a bomb in town there, messed up a bunch of people. Foregt it. Well, training mishaps: Some huge 6 foot 5 300 pound dudes feet came throgh my parachute once and kinda upside-down tacoed it and nearly made me burn in but my chute caught air again just in time. Tailgate jump C-130 a Brtish guy in front of me just stopped-cold as we were walking off of the ramp of the plane and I bumped into him and we both just fell out of the plane in kindof a tangled mess, I thought that really sucked.
I dont know; this stuff is just quick, I'll probly remeber more tommorro on my way to work.
I geuss Ive been prett lucky. (knocking on wood)
Off the job: One qicky I remember, (no time) an Old lady in portland oregon pointed a big shiny pistol in my face, 2 inces about from my nose, as I sat in my truck in a wendys parking lot
Let me tell you, you can get realll cooperative at that point.
"You boys better git the hell outa here fore I faaar this thang up"
I turned the key and We left that area.
Well like I said, I have been lucky. Nite all.
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Covino
12-05-2007, 06:31 PM
Have had several near misses on my motorbike, but otherwise have never been in any dangerous predicaments.
Hopefully now I'm in the Navy, I'll have some stories to tell.

Dagnabit
12-05-2007, 09:00 PM
One of my first jobs was for a company that rebuilt and installed metal plating equipment.
We were in a GM plant taking out their old equipment, and I was working at disassembling a large "merry go round" that dips huge racks into plating tanks. It dips them in a tank, then raises up and takes the racks to the next dip tank. The tank I was working on had some very strong acid, and I had a large board with cleats nailed on so it wouldnt move. I was inside the machinery and when I stood back up to turn and come out, I went to step out onto my board ...and it was gone. I had about an 80lb. piece of steel carriage in hand and as I started to fall I tried to shove it out in front of me as I try to back pedal for footage.
My right foot slid off the tank edge, and I was going straight down to end up in about 5ft. deep of this acid. But there was a water faucet about 4in. below the edge of the tank and the cuff of my LEVIS jeans caught on it, but now I started to fall forward, and going in head first.
As I look where Im headed I see that the "T-Bars" (part of the dip system) is in the down position and I was able to grab them, which now leaves me hanging by my right pants cuff and, the death grip I now had on said T-Bar. I was entirely horizontal....And screaming like a banshee. My boss, and a forman grabbed two boards, and quickly placed them across the tank and under me, in case I lost my grip...No chance of that! They had to literaly pry me off that T-Bar. One of the Man Power guys, (temporary workers)Had my board, and It wasent a pretty scene when I found him. I slapped him around a bit, and then set him up on the lip of the tank and asked him if he could swim. We had 7 Man Power, "workers" there and they were all fired on the spot. My boss first showed everyone what this acid could do by putting a small bit on a rag..which started smoking immediately. He said he knew a guy that was splashed by some of the same stuff, and had about 30% coverage on his body. Took him 6months to die, in agony all the way. I would have been 100% submerged in it. That is not the way I would like to go....BTW I wear LEVIS jeans and no others. The seams stretched a tiny bit but they held.
Dag

Dagnabit
12-05-2007, 09:22 PM
Ill never know for sure but I was credited with saving a guy on the job too. I was a maintainance worker for Reddi Whip...Yup the whipped cream in a can stuff. One of the maint. guys on my crew was working in a very tight area under the machine. He was sitting flat on his butt, legs bent at the knees, but reaching up into the electrical box. I was just walking up to the machine and was joking with another maint. worker that was handing down tools, when I notice that the guy under the machine was shaking very unnaturaly. I realised instantly that he had a perfect ground and was locked on some 220volt line in the machine. I started to run for the power cut off box, but it was too far to go perhaps 75yrds away in the next room. So I just spun back around and ran at him for all I was worth and, did a slide as if I were going into home plate, hit him with both feet and knocked him off it. He ended up with a slight burn on his hand from the 220, and a cut on his head that took 4 staples to close, from hitting his head after I kicked him.
It was a standing joke after that, where he would invite me to kick him when ever I wanted to.

Dag

Taylortony
12-06-2007, 05:01 PM
When on 20 Sqn we had a chap called John, surname escapes me, he was an Avionics Engineer and we were getting ready for a detachment and prepping the cargo to go in the Herc.

John appeared out of the bomb store carrying a box of 12 22KG practice bombs and as he walked across the apron the bottom fell out of it resulting in all the bombs dropping nose first around him. (they stack vertically like wine bottles) We had to pry the empty box out of his fingers and walk him through all these bombs to sit down and have a coffee...... he was still there eyes in the distance hours later....

willyvic
12-06-2007, 05:39 PM
Lmao TT. What a mental image that conjurs up.

WV

GreyBeast
12-07-2007, 02:19 PM
Originally posted by Taylortony:
...carrying a box of 12 22KG practice...

Whoa! This guy was carrying a box that weighed 500lbs.?

polak5
12-07-2007, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by BillyTheKid_22:

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