Floors collapsing in DC
About 30 years ago we were brought in to update the operating system and to update the companies telecommunication system. The third day I was there I got a call about something that wasn't quite right going on the operating system, I asked the operator to step aside while I issued some operator commands to try and determine what was going on. After I looked at the output of the operator commands. I stood up and gave the operator in charge of the console. I was trying to think what would cause the situation and I was slowly moving back inches at a time because I wanted to stay out of the way of the operators. I was thinking and not paying attention to anything other than the operator's movement. The operator got up from his console and I stepped back. Suddenly I heard a crack and I went flying down and backward. The raised flooring in the computer room had started to fall apart (nobody told me until afterward). I was wearing a suit and my pants leg was split open and a little blood was coming out. I got up to see if there was any other damage and there wasn't but the blood turned into a trickle. The company was thankfully located downtown and there were 1 or 2 hospitals nearby, so I chose the one I had been there before and took a taxi there to the emergency room. Luckily there were only 1 or 2 people in the emergency room, so I was seen as soon as the registration was done. To make the story a little short, they cut off one leg of my pants and put a bandage on my leg, They discharged me, but I could go back to work with only one pant leg covered, so I decided to go home and change. AÏter changing I went back to work. I brought with me the receipt for my suit (I had just purchased it 5 days before). After I got settled into my desk, I filled out an expense report for the suit and the taxi cabs I took. I took the paperwork to my bosses boss and handed it to him and he said what is this for and I explained to him what had happened in the computer room and how I fell through the floor. All was in order as far as I was concerned but then he started in why didn't I look where I was going and I explained again I was moving backward to keep out of the way from an operator. He said "no it's your fault", I said you have got to be kidding, he said no go away I have work to do. I was mad by that time, so I took the elevator up 5 floors to the executive floor and looked to see if VP of IT was there and luckily he was. I walked up to his secretary and asked if I could see him for 3-4 minutes. She looked at his calendar and said let me see. I sat down (now I was starting to get sore from the leg). She said he will see me now. I limped into his office and explained the incident and how the boss would not authorize payment for the suit and the taxi cab rides. He asked me if I was alright and I said yes except for a stiff leg. He got on the phone to the legal department and after explaining to a lawyer what had happened, he got off the phone and signed the expense report and asked me to stop by the lawyer's office and sign some paperwork, which I did. Next day my bosses boss was no longer employed and the operators were told to be careful around the raised flooring and that new tiles have been ordered.