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Horror story

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1145JohnDeere, Apr 17, 2001.

  1. 1145JohnDeere

    1145JohnDeere LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 21

    Last Thursday a lawn maintenance company here was mowing a residential account that had a small pond with a high dam bank on one side. As one of the workers was mowing the bank with a Chariot Jr. it began to slide down towards the water. Before the employee (18 yrs old) could jump off the mower turned over on him and drove both into the water. His head was submerged and he could not get up because the mower was on top of him. Fortunately, another worker was weedeating nearby and saw what happened. He was able to hold the guys head above water til help came to lift the mower off. The employee suffered two broken legs. I saw the mower at the dealer, it was not damaged other than a bent seat and lots of mud.
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    This is one thing bad about working by yourself, there wouldn't of been anyone around to help him. This guy is very lucky to be alive.

    You solo workers, be need to be more careful and this is a good example.

    Be safe everyone. :)
  3. Turfclippings

    Turfclippings LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    for examples like this and stories of being near the water, i pass on properties with lakes and ponds. Its not worth taking a chance over.

  4. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 695

    That amazes me that he didn't get off. At least he's still around to tell the story. Hopefully the employer had w/c to cover for this...

    Be safe everyone!!!!!!!
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,226

    thats scary. he's lucky that he is still alive, but only 2 broken legs is luck, i'm surprised he didn't do something to his neck.be safe everyone
  6. JLC

    JLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 467

    I'll add.

    Less than a week after getting my Turf Tiger it proved to much for my ramp on the trailer. As I was backing off it gave and the mower pointed for the sky. I was unable to get off the machine until it started rolling backward (levers across my legs and all my weight pushing vertically on the seatback). I was then able to literally fall off and roll before it came over on top of me. It came to rest on the seat and front spindles...if I wouldn't have made it off it would have snapped my neck. What amazed me in hindsight is how many cars must have driven by on the busy street I was working on without stopping to help.

    I thought my setup was safe.
  7. solinsky

    solinsky LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    last week a guy that works with me did the same thing. When he tried to jump off his shirt got caught on the handle of the lazer, luckily he was not injured.
  8. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 424

    It suprises me that more mower manufactures don,t provide a ROPS system for their mowers. Maybe they don,t realize the conditions that the mowers are used in that could cause roll overs. If you mow slopes you really should have ROPS and a seatbelt
  9. Toad

    Toad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 443

    Try working around lake shores all day , with average 3'' high break walls. Especially on a Z mower.

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