I’ve been working downtown at a new construction site in Jacksonville, FL.
A couple of my coworkers and I are putting in the new construction HVAC equipment.
We have to put in all of the heating, AC, and ventilation equipment. That includes all of the ductwork. All of the ducting has to be cut on site. Working with sheet metal can be very dangerous, so my co-workers and I have to be very careful at all times. I was trying to listen to the instructions from my coworker, but it was difficult to hear anything with all of the noise at the construction site. I yelled down to the area where we were cutting metal, but my coworker didn’t hear anything. I headed down the ladder and that’s when a coworker tried to hand me a piece of sharp metal. It sliced the back of my leg and went right through my pants. I couldn’t hear any instructions because of the noise at the construction site. Thank goodness we have an HVAC contractor on staff that is a volunteer firefighter for Jacksonville. The guy knew exactly what to do to stop my leg from bleeding. As soon as there was a break, I went to the local emergency room. The Jacksonville clinic put a couple of stitches in my leg, wrapped it up with an ace bandage, and then I went right back to work. My coworkers were surprised to see me, but I wanted to finish ahead of schedule instead of one day late. It was important for me to return to the jobsite.