November 26, 2011

Hard as a rock

Posted in Volunteers tagged , , at 8:28 pm by stonebankblog

Imagine Mike Dorsher’s surprise when a medium-size rock tumbled from outside the building and grazed  his shoulder. Mike was removing insulation near an opening in the roof when he was hit.  He wasn’t injured, but it was a good warning to all of us about safety on this worksite.

Stone Bank volunteer Mike Dorsher demonstrated how a stone falling from outside grazed his shoulder inside the Stone Bank.

Mike was on a ladder removing the last of the insulation in the ceiling joists when the stone fell.

“There were some small stones falling — like gravel,” he said. “So, I put my head down so the stones would hit the brim of my cap and I wouldn’t get dust in my eyes.”

Now, it’s clear that was a good choice. Because then a much larger stone fell and hit the back side of his right shoulder.

“It was kind of a glancing blow,” Dorsher said. “It kind of hurt, but what was really scary was when it hit the floor and made a thud.”

Not one to be deterred, Dorsher was back in the building on Saturday removing the insulation along the north wall.

That means the “volunteer” portion of the this stage of the dismantling is done. Now, the contractors will do the dangerous work in the dismantling project.

The next big step is to drop and remove the 20 feet of roof at the back of the building, so the stone mason can continue his work. We’ll keep you posted.

From inside the Stone Bank, it doesn't seem to be much of an opening, but it's enough for a one-stone avalanche.

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