[Close up of Ethan in interview]
There was one morning when we were doing a big clean-up of the whole store, we were moving all the machinery, everything was being changed around and he told me to move this piece of heavy machinery that was in the corner. At the time [shaking head] I didn’t think, you know, anything of it. I guess it was just because I was a guy and I guess I was probably – he assumed I was [raising eyebrows] strong enough to move it.
Um, so I went over to it and I bent down to push it [Wider view of Ethan in interview, miniaturised and sitting on a hammer with pliers other tools laying about, holding hands at side, palms face up] and immediately my back completely gave out. It completely went. I suffer from scoliosis [motioning towards lower back], so I’ve never had a great back and I guess that combined with the fact that it was a cold morning was just a really bad combination.
[Closer view of Ethan sitting on workshop bench, miniaturised with safety goggles in background] So I ended up completely [holding hands out and emphasising] sprawled on the floor, [closing eyes] on my back and [Wider view of Ethan sitting on hammer again] everyone rushed over to me to try and help me, but I couldn’t move and even when the ambulance came and they took me to emergency, I was flat on my back for weeks.
[Close up view of Ethan in interview] It still hadn’t fully healed and it hasn’t healed to this day. I’m in and out of chiropractors [shaking head] every other week. I go to masseuses, physiotherapy all the time and I’m not one to complain about pain. I don’t like to. I don’t like to be seen as weak, but it is bad some days.
Um, so when I did return to work, my boss was very nice to me again.
[Closer view of Ethan sitting on workshop bench, miniaturised with safety goggles in background] When I brought it up with him that maybe I should report it as an incident, he was very dismissive.
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