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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tharrell, Mar 3, 2010.
LOL, guess you beat me to it Greg..didn't see your reply until I posted mine.
Let me defend myself a little bit....I may have gotten a little "carried away" to say that these accidents are COMPLETELY preventable. I should say that the majority of mower related accidents are preventable, however, "freak accidents" do happen. But I'm sure that most accidents are preventable.
I've thrown some stuff pretty far when roughcutting with my skid. And it doesn't have a discharge chute. No way to prevent hitting stuff you can't see.
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I was talking to a right-of-way crew last summer and they were using a Fecon cutter on the back of a forestry tractor. He said they started using them because they had a blade actually fly off of a Brown tree cutter and fly about half a mile before it finally landed. They started using the Fecon for liability reasons. Yea, freak things do happen.
This kind of accident is probably why the majority of states and municipalities are not allowing rotary type machines in their highway and median operations.
Like I said, this is the sum of all fears to me as a landscaper.
Talking about accidents being preventable, I have been working in an industry and been held accountable for safety for 25 years now. I too used to think that not ALL accidents are preventable, but I now know that I am wrong in that thought. Remember that it is called an accident becuase it was not intended. All accidents can be prevented but you have to look outside the box for the mitigations. It may not be as simple as fixing the mower to prevent objects from flying but may need to include a safe perimeter, or the county advising people of the dangers present while this is going on. It is not about laying blame on who is responsible for it but more around why it did happen and finding ways to keep it from happening again.
When I was a health and safety officer in my former career we always had to write up a report on the incident and what mitigation to take after an accident that caused injury. It was challenging at times. I had to write a memo to all employees not to touch mufflers after someone grabbed a generator muffler to lift it up onto a truck...mind you there's a tubular steel cage around the whole unit that makes for easy lifting. Sometimes there's just not much you can do about it...stupid people do stupid things!
point well said!!!!!!!!!!!