A portion of air duct fell on our leg

The crew and I were at a commercial labor site.

Not just any site, either, all of us were on the roof of the modern shopping mall, installing the air duct.

It was a sizzling day out, and at this point all of us had been working our butts off for over 10 straight sixths with no breaks. It was the biggest single task all of us had ever untaken, and everyone was focused on doing it right. If all 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 air duct broke away and fell on our leg. This wasn’t just any piece of air duct, 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 air duct 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, Ventilation, and A/C tech. Instead our bosses moved me into the front office of the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C supplier, where I now labor with the administrative assistants. I am surprised at how much there is to believe about the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C industry that I had never experienced. I’m not saying I appreciated it, but it was a reading experience, and if I ever become an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporation running our own shop, this experience will be invaluable.

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