Reminder to be safe


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Grand L3560 with LA805 loader, EA 55" Wicked Grapple, SBX72 BB, LP 1272 mower
May 27, 2019
Southern Illinois
First article is a man ran over by his tractor:

TOWN OF CLYMAN (WLUK) -- A 67-year-old man was severely injured when a tractor ran him over Monday in southern Wisconsin.

Dodge County sheriff's officials say they were called to a location on Highway J in the town of Clyman just before noon. Investigators determined the man was working on a tractor. He started it, but the tractor was in gear. It ran over the man and went through the wall of a machine shed before running into a tree.

The second article involves a child and a lawnmower:

ROSEWOOD HEIGHTS - A young child was transported to St. Louis by Air Evac Lifeteam Medical Service after an incident with a lawnmower on Monday night in the 500 block of Brookwood in Rosewood Heights.

“A family member was mowing with a riding lawn mower and a child came upon him, and he didn’t see the child and the lawnmower accidentally struck the child,” Williams said. “There was severe trauma to both of the child’s feet. Alton Memorial was also called to the scene and then Air Evac was called to transport the child to a St. Louis hospital.”

The helicopter arrived in the parking lot of the old St. Kevin’s School and Church.

Stay alert out there. Nothing is that important to be in a hurry and take a shortcut that hurts yourself or someone else. My heart goes out to the family and the operator who was mowing and struck the child.

Just a couple of sad reminders that we can hopefully learn from to keep ourselves and our families safe.
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May 18, 2018
Instruct ALL your family members to STAY AWAY from equipment being operated by anyone.

My wife is not dumb or stupid. She has a high degree of safety-consciousness. Last year we had a discussion-of-horror regarding a local news-story of a child who ran up behind his Daddy on a riding lawn-mower to tell Daddy his lunch was ready…. only for Daddy to have JUST-Reversed the mower to double-back-over a high-grass area. The child lost a foot to the mower.
I thought this would be obvious… BUT…. I was using the bucket to back-drag/spread-out a pile of gravel which had been dropped onto our dirt road. Our road is about a half-mile long…served by a security-gate a half-mile away. We are in the middle of 1500 acres of NO-Where.

I was raising the bucket (which was in the partially-dumped position),…. moving forward, …dropping the bucket beyond the gravel-pile,… and back-dragging to spread the gravel. Forward and back….Forward and back… Forward and back and HIT something!
My wife had returned from grocery shopping and pulled RIGHT UP behind me and stopped. :oops:

SHE said she had only seen me pulling forward and came up behind me as if I were common traffic on a public road and STOPPED. When I reversed-direction…the finish mower on the 3-point collided with the front/grille of her car.

“Why didn’t you at least BLOW YOUR HORN when you saw me backing UP?”

”I didn’t think of that…. I just tried to step on the brakes HARDER!”

Don’t think it CAN’T HAPPEN TO YOU.
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L4701, WC68 chipper, grapple, BB1572 box scrape, Howes 500, 16kW IMD gen
Apr 27, 2020
Central Piedmont, NC
Got me to thinking about some of the more memorable farm equipment accidents I’ve been involved in dealing with.

First one about 31 years ago was a young boy out for a bit with his father. They stopped to discuss something about the tractor grandpa was working on. Dad and grandpa took their eyes off the kid for a minute and his fascination with the fan on the idling JD 4440 with the side plates removed caused him to stick his little hand in the fan and that was the last place he stuck his hand.

I’ve about gotten my fill plus some of old dudes running over themselves starting/jump starting tractors while standing 0” in front of the back wheel (I don’t know why it’s always old guys doing that but it just is); people of all ages flipping antique CUTs over backward on themselves; guys with loaders that can’t figure out that lift/curl thing and dump round bales, logs, rocks, etc. on themselves, usually while lifting with a pin on bucket that’s the wrong implement for the load (a seat with a back is nice until you have a large log roll down the loader boom and off the back of your open station tractor); and modern tractor loaders rolled sideways with some part of the operator stuck under them on obviously sloping ground while the loader is near max height for no apparent reason, ROPs folded, and seatbelt unused.

There were some other memorable ones. The guy that ran his Ford 3000 over a cliff 100 yards from the edge of the field he was mowing. He was wearing sandals. Nothing else. Just sandals. I’ve driven a Ford 3000. Not a clothing optional activity IMO.

The meth addict who tried to break into his neighbor’s antique safe. Safe was on the ground floor and weighed around 3500lb. Thief worked on it a while but got nowhere so he decided it would be best to take the whole thing home where he could work on it at his leisure. Took the victims old MF35 from his shed, sledgehammered a couple holes in the wall, wrapped a chain around the safe, and pulled the whole thing out of the house along with a chunk of wall. Didn’t exactly take CSI to follow the trail. Safe was stopped at the end of the ditch it had plowed to the bottom of the first hill he had to climb. Tractor had flipped backward and squashed the thief. Thief was a pretty good guy before the crystal meth got hold of him. Don’t know what was in the safe. Owner said it was just a bunch of sentimental stuff like pictures, birth certificates, nothing of any marketable value but he could have been sandbagging and it didn’t really matter.

The man who was pushing down on a 3 point post hole auger with no PTO guard while wearing a floppy sweatshirt. That one was memorable mostly because his head wasn’t completely off but there wasn’t much left holding it on.

The little girl who squirmed away from her grandfather while riding on his lap on a Farmall M with spoked wheels and no fenders. She did survive.

The cute little teenage girl with hair down to her waist that was experienced working equipment on her family’s farm but still couldn’t keep that long hair clear of rotating shafts. Skin grafts from other areas don’t grow scalp hair but wigs are readily available.

Sorry for rambling. There have been a lot. It gets old.

No reason to be scared, but respect the risks, be thoughtful of the risks, mitigate the risks. Kind of like driving a car, there’s risk but sitting at home 24/7/365 has risks, too. I know, sometimes when we’re running the chipper and we come back from a break I start to crank the tractor while standing on the ground, but I don’t do it. Sometimes it’s tempting to hook up a PTO shaft real quick without shutting off the engine, but I don’t do it. Take a few more minutes. Think about it. Do it right. Curiosity may kill the cat; complacency and over confidence kills the equipment operator.
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Mar 15, 2022
Confidence and complacency. Short but memorable story. We were tree trimming with the old 624h deere. Had the man basket on and my (at the time) Forman up in the air. I was running the loader. Cam across a half dead brach that was with in the reach of the loader. Cut it off and it fell across the road. I called up one of the clean up guys to cut it into a few chuncks so traffic could continue. Guy came up made a few cuts and dissappear from my line of sight. So testing to be a wear of where the guys were I opened the cab door an leaned over. Loader moved forward about 6 inches. Jammed the brake just as I heard the guy yell. Here we was right next to the loader, with his foot under the log, and me letting the loader coast front hit the log and spun it onto his foot. Fortunately no major injury. Had a cracked something or other in his foot. We both screwed up. I never put the park brake on, and he went in a blind spot and had his foot under a sizable tree branch. I figured we had done this same thing a million times, he knew where I could see him from the loader. Definatly an oh crud moment I was not proud of. I was greatful there was no lasting damage to his foot, but I think about it everytime I get in equipment now. We worked together daily for nearly a year at that point. We were just in that routine and forgot to do a few simple things that could and should have avoided the situation.
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Jan 20, 2022
Seattle, WA, USA
I got my first tractor, a BX23S in February. I developed a rule that I never move it without having the seat belt on. In recent weeks I've lightened up a bit on my rule a couple of times, but this thread makes me think I should go back to having it be a no-exceptions rule. ROPS is always up. I also am aware that as I enter this next stage of comfort and competence, my risk might actually increase, so I need to be extra careful.
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M7040 4WD ROPS, ZD28, Woods (84” box blade, 72” harrow, 48” pallet forks)
Feb 27, 2019
Kathleen, GA
Yesterday, my elderly (eighties) neighbor decided to mow his five acre pecan grove. ROPS up, he caught a limb, the limb snapped and fell. With the drought we are having, large limbs are susceptible to breaking and falling, even when they aren’t struck by a moving object. The limb was about 10 Inches in diameter and maybe 20 feet long. The large part of the limb fell between his back and theROPs and a smaller limb maybe six inches between his mid-section and the steering wheel thus trapping him in the seat. My other neighbor was driving by, saw him waving, grabbed a chain saw and cut the Limb off of him. I like ROPS but some of these limbs are low and can flip a tractor backwards.

So, yes, be careful out there. These groves we have are unforgiving here and many tractors have steel cages on them for protection.
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B6200, Kubota 2030 Front Blade, King Cutter 60" finishing deck
Jan 11, 2022
Gallatin, NY USA
For most of my married life my wife required that I carry a million dollar life insurance policy. As she said , " I love with you all my heart , but , it takes a ton of money to raise this family without you. Just in case you do something REALLY stupid. "
I no longer have the policy as the kids are grown but it made me think about the importance of family before taking a short cut.
I did survive stupid many times.
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