Dumbest Work Related Injuries

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Dumbest Work Related Injuries

Jul!a Jul!a
So I'm wondering what's the stupidest thing you've managed to do at work that you managed to get an injury from, big or small, that afterwards you sat there and went "what the hell was that?"

Like, at my last job it would have to be a toss up between getting into a fight with a rolling rack for clothing, or getting into a fight with a roll of nickels and losing horribly. This one, I think accidentally dropping a car battery onto my leg. Or when I slammed my leg in the door of the truck.

Anybody else have any stories?
06/14/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
About a month ago I was removing staples from stacks of orders and one flew out, and of all places, managed to find its way up to my eye. It was pink and puffy for a day or two but nothing critical. Worst part was that people saw it...of course
06/14/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Which way did it enter your eye? That sounds really painful!

While I was landscaping for a few months, what taught me a lesson about making sure I wore eye protection was when I was out behind this house weed-wacking some random weeds, and one of those really thick almost cactus-y things happened to be in the line of fire, and a chunk of one of those ended up in my eye. It was really weird to see part of the white of my eye be green, took forever to get it out of there, lol
06/14/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Which way did it enter your eye? That sounds really painful!

While I was landscaping for a few months, what taught me a lesson about making sure I wore eye protection was when I was out behind this house weed-wacking some random weeds, and one ...
seems like your body would've just sucked it up.

When I was in my late-teen, maybe early 20, I worked at the local pizza place. I had just tossed a big can of black olives in the garbage. About twenty minutes later I took went to take out the trash. Without thinking too much about it, I pressed down on the bag to let the air out and heard this awful tearing sound and a tingle from my left hand.

The can lid cut through the bag and through the webbing of my left hand by the thumb. I got it fixed in time, but will always make sure to take care of cans properly from now on!
06/14/2010
Red Red
I broke some toes in an accident involving lead weighs when I was a diving instructor. I dropped them on my feet in a pool. I am, to this day, rather unsure why I did such a thing.
06/15/2010
Gary Gary
At my one old job, a friend of mine and I would do a lot of fun things when the store was empty and we were bored. The store was huge, and there were tons of boxes of clearance vinyl sitting around. We would each grab a hand full of 12"s and run around throwing them at each like ninja stars. No one was ever hurt, but it had the potential to be bad.
06/15/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
That sounds painful JR!

I was prying the staple out of a stack of papers and it just shot up in the air and the pointy end got me in the white of my eye and scratched me a little. It wasn't fun. But of all the places that tiny staple end could have gone...go figure!
06/15/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
seems like your body would've just sucked it up.

When I was in my late-teen, maybe early 20, I worked at the local pizza place. I had just tossed a big can of black olives in the garbage. About twenty minutes later I took went to take out ...
It almost did, at least I was worried that it might have, lol.
06/15/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
At my one old job, a friend of mine and I would do a lot of fun things when the store was empty and we were bored. The store was huge, and there were tons of boxes of clearance vinyl sitting around. We would each grab a hand full of 12"s and run ...
I'm really surprised nobody got hurt doing that, although it does sound like it would have been some fun, lol.
06/15/2010
Victoria Victoria
When I was 14, I was a lifeguard for a bit - and the first day of the season, I got a huuuuge chuck of wood embedded in my shin. We were putting up the very old diving board and the person helping me let it slip, and as it dragged against my leg, a chunk broke off. So gross and painful. I still have the scar.

Other than that? Stupid stuff like cardboard cuts (way worse than paper cuts), blisters, bumps and bruises.

Does that horrible tension/pain in my neck and shoulders after a really trying day of work count?
06/15/2010
Gary Gary
One day I was bored at my old job, and I had just watched the documentary 'Beyond the Mat'. I sat around pushing thumb tacks into my left arm for an hour. It was pretty entertaining. I don't know why it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it passed the time.
06/16/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Yesterday I managed to drop a tailgate on my hip. I went to lower it and it got sort of stuck about 4 inches from being all the way down. So I went to walk away figuring it would just finish when we started loading the truck, and before I could walk away, it fell the rest of the way onto my hip. Hurt for a few hours
06/16/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Knife-slipping accidents from my time at the diner. All on my hands, too; half of them healed up fine, the rest are these horrible white scars. One of them was bad enough to send me to the ER where I had to get a tentanus shot: the knife point got right between two major veins in my palm, so (I think) I was lucky. Looks like a drunkenly-induced stigmata.

The stupidest would have to be when I worked at a thrift store and I kept catching myself in the front hip on the counter where the plastic bags would be for bagging stuff. The corner of the counter was sharp and I had a continuous bruise there for the eighteen months I worked at that place. My ex-husband noticed it only once during all that time ... *grumble-mumble*
06/16/2010
Gary Gary
I was building a second sound room at a past warehouse space, maybe 11 or 12 years ago. We framed the room in aluminum studs. I was sheeting the outside of the room in drywall. With the metal studs you have to push really hard to get the screws started. So while leaning into the drill with all of my body weight, the drill slipped off the screw and I put a phillips head drill bit through my fingernail and deep into the pointer finger of my left hand. That really sucked and it bled like crazy. A few months later I did the exact same thing again.
06/16/2010
Victoria Victoria
Ooook, I think I've read enough ....eeek!
06/16/2010
Blinker Blinker
I'm not sure if it counts as "work-related", but on the day my new roommate moved in (this was 2 years ago), I was helping him move boxes and my best friend thought it would be fun to "scare" me by creeping up on me in the yard with his car. Well, we welcomed Rob to the house by dragging him with us to the ER 25 minutes later because my friend ran over my foot. You can still see tire treads on my right foot.

I still kicked his ass with my good foot
06/16/2010
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