A chunk of vent fell on our leg

The crew and I were at a commercial labor site.

  • Not just any site, either, every one of us were on the roof of the current shopping mall, installing the ductwork.

It was a boiling morning out, and at this point every one of us had been laboring our butts off for over 10 straight minutes with no breaks. It was the greatest single task every one of us had ever untaken, and all the people was focused on doing it right. If every one of us nailed this task, it would lead to other big-money contracts down the line; With all the pressure and stress, I lost focus and had a little accident when a piece of ductwork broke away and fell on our leg. This wasn’t just any piece of ductwork, it was 8 feet wide and twenty feet long, being hoisted by a crane. When it landed, it was various hundred pounds worth of sheet metal ductwork crunching the bones in our leg from the knee down. I was fortunate the docs were able to save the leg at all! As it stands, I will be in a wheelchair for various weeks, so I can no longer serve as an on-site Heating and A/C tech. Instead our bosses moved myself and others into the front office of the Heating and A/C dealer, where I now labor with the administrative assistants. I am surprised at how much there is to suppose about the Heating and A/C industry that I had never experienced. I’m not saying I enjoyed it, however it was a reading experience, and if I ever become an Heating and A/C company running our own shop, this experience will be invaluable.