I guess it was a pretty safe week out there among Toolmongers because only a couple of you stepped up to admit your mistakes. Or maybe you’re just afraid we’ll laugh at you. Well, we will indeed laugh. But just to let you know how we’re laughing with you and not at you, we’ll share a story of our own.
We keep a 150 lb. anvil in the shop for a lot of reasons, the main one being that there’s absolutely nothing better to use when you need to beat on something than an anvil. It’s far better than the driveway, workbench, or anything else in the shop. We were moving it around to use it in a tool test, and, well, let it get away from us.
One of us had the stand and the other had the anvil, and we managed to get tangled up in each others feet and trip. The bad news is that once a 150 lb. anvil gets moving it’s pretty hard to stop. Thankfully it didn’t get completely away from us and we managed to push it to the side a bit so that it only landed partially on one of our calf muscles as opposed to square on it.
I’m sure if it’d’ve landed square on it’d have crushed the muscle and probably the bone, too. Dumb, dumb, dumb. As it happened, it hit the ground tilted and didn’t put its full force on the leg. It ended up leaving a lot of pain and a nasty bruise but no permanent damage.
Whose leg did it fall on? I’m not going to tell you. It’s pretty embarassing anyway that we were stupid enough to let it happen and only the complete lack of “Doh!” moments as good as this one made us ‘fess up in public.
The lesson to be learned from this: When you’re moving something heavy, never do it “quickly.” Take a moment to think about exactly where you’re going with it and how you’re going to do it. If two of you are coordinating your movements, do it before you start, not after you drop it.
And please, someone ‘fess up to a decent “Doh!” moment for us all to learn from next week so we don’t have to tell you about ours. We’ll drop you something from the tool pile if we select your story for next week’s “Doh!” of the Week. Just drop it as a comment right on this post.