For your enjoyment T, may your ribs hurt from chuckling.
I can't begin to tell you how many times I've walked into the bucket arms while working in the tractor engine compartment or pulling the cowling off to clean out all the acorns, chestnuts and assorted bits of mouse nesting material. Suffice to say, I do my best to remember to take my ball cap off so I can see it coming. Whacking your head this way does tend to drive your neck down between your shoulders, but aside from a little bump on your head and a stiff neck for a week, there's no real damage done.
Where I get myself into the most trouble is using the tractor bucket as a "non-OSHA approved" working platform. The 1st time I got into trouble I was working on assembling/attaching a greenhouse to my residence. Things had progressed fairly smoothly, with only a few calls to the company about their "not so concise" assembly instructions. For an extra fee, they'll send their crew to put it together for you. Since I wanted to modify a few things and well, I like a good challenge, I opted to for the DIY method. 3 days of putzing around and re-engineering, I was ready to put the last piece of "C" channel on the exposed ends of the dbl walled polycarb roof panels. The instructions said to fill the 16 ft piece of"C" channel w/ silicone calk and push it onto the ends of the roof panels. Sounded simple enough, right?
So, I laid the final piece of my 3 day puzzle across the tractor and started to fill it in w/ calk. I get about 3/4 of the way done, run out of calk. Back into the house, search through my assortment of unused calk tubes for the right stuff. Find one, head back out, pull the utility knife out of my pocket and drop it. I bend over to grab it, stand back up and catch the channel with my shoulder. "C" channel slide off and into the dirt. (I still sigh when I think about it) Did I mention it was at the end of the day, with about 1/2 hr of daylight left and I was thinking I'd finish before I quit for the night? ...and I'm HUNGRY!
I mutter some things, pick it up and start picking all the grass, leaves and sticks out of the silicone. I declare "close enough for government work", finish laying in the calk and get ready to stick it on the edge. It's summer, it's getting dark fast and the mosquitoes are starting to swarm. I crawl up on my movable work platform(tractor bucket) and I start working the channel onto the edge. Things are a little slippery due to the silicone debris picking and reworking. But hey, things are progressing and I can almost taste dinner. Smack a few mosquitoes, wiggle channel on, move tractor to next panel. I have everything in complete control...until the last panel. As I work the last few inches on one the the blood sucking bitches pokes a hole in my upper lip. I can't stop myself from reaching to smack it. And then the fun begins.
Holding the channel in place w/ just one hand does not cut it, the far end starts to pop off. (fill in you fav expletive) Reaching and hoping I can save it, alas, things head south at light speed. Now I'm standing in the bucket, that due to a hill, I had to line up perpendicular to the greenhouse roof edge. About then is when the light speed suddenly switches into slow motion and you know its about to come unglued, literally.
As I watch the channel pop off and starts to bend because I'm only holding the one end, knowing I can't unbend the the channel and not wanting to drop it into the grass and dirt again, my common sense is being overridden by the "Hell No! I am NOT going to start over again!" side of my brain and I stepped off into space, because I had the bucket oriented parallel to the roof for all the previous work.
Did I mention, due to the hill, I had the tractor bucket about 4 feet in the air? Seems like a very short fall, but as you know, you have all the time in the world to think, "Man, this is probably gonna hurt!" Interestingly, when you step off into nothing at that height, while reaching out, you can damn near get horizontal to the ground before you hit. Luckily, I hit pretty much flat. Didn't mess up my back any worse than it already was, neck didn't hurt too bad. Glasses weren't bent too much.
Picked up the channel, turned the hose on to wash all the silicone off and called it a night. Next day, I cut the channel into 4, 4' pieces and stuck it on each sheet, no problem. Two days after finishing, I noticed my teeth weren't feeling right, the bite was off. Called the dentist, went on in for an x-ray. Apparently I hit hard enough that I cracked my one back molar and it was starting to abscess. He put me on an antibiotic and set me up w/ an oral surgeon for a root canal.
haha And the shin incident was an even stupider move, but way less expensive.