I was working on a ductwork installation job when a child asked me to help her get her cat out of a tree.
I know it sounds very strange and a lot like a scene from a television show from the 1950s, but that is exactly what happened.
I already had a ladder out on the roof. I think that’s why the little girl decided to ask me for help. I could see the cat and the tree and the animal did look scared. I climbed up the ladder to retrieve the cat. She came right to me with no problem at all. As I started moving down the ladder, the cat got scared and started to claw at my face and my eyes. I dropped the cat and fell backwards. I broke my arm when it got stuck between two ladder rungs. It was dislocated and I needed surgery. That was the last time that I worked on any type of heating or cooling project. Everyone in the office laughs at me and calls me a hero for helping the kid with her cat. I know they think it’s funny and I guess the irony of the situation is a little amusing. Still, I have a broken arm for six weeks and I am stuck on light duty until everything heals properly. I can’t work on any ductwork installation jobs. All I can do is sit in the office and answer telephone calls like an Executive Administrative Assistant. Thankfully the boss has to pay me the same amount of money for working in the office, because the accident happened on the job.