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Local man dies in ZTR accident

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Richard Martin, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    We had a local man die in a ZTR accident. He was operating a new Toro Timecutter that he had just purchased. He apparently lost control and got pinned between the mower seat and a outdoor deck that was at chest height. This was the first time he had operated a ZTR mower.

    I once got pinned between a well anchored post and my first hydro walkbehind. I was backing up and backed right into the post. It happened so fast that I couldn't react fast enough to prevent it. It was only on me for a split second but it taught me a very valuable lesson that day.


  2. sealcutter

    sealcutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Posts: 256

    Few years back we lost a decent account to a home purchased z, I warned them that hill is no place to learn how drive one of these. Two weeks later we were back because they flipped it when it went out of control down the hill. I said to his wife we never put a z on that hill only wb, we only used the z in the back. I would never though of being pinned like that, I am printing this out.
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Thats kinda odd. If he were to of hit the heck it should pressed back on the sticks making him go in reverse. hummmmm
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    Had a few homeowners go into their ponds on new ZTR's. thankfully I haven't heard of anybody being killed
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    It only needs a tiny bit of forward to hold the mower in place. If you look at the picture closely, you can see where the seat back broke and he was probably laying back between the seat and the bottom of the deck.
  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Oh and the edge looks like its above the handle bars. My fear is always low tree limbs. Imagine being stabbed in the heart or something with fighting a branch and stick till go foreward.
  7. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,574

    did he go up under the deck, basically being "clothes lined"?
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    That's what it looks like.
  9. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 778

    Sad, but thank you for posting Richard, I think we all need a wake up call just to remind us to be safe. I know heat and fatigue can result in my making poor decisions.
  10. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    I rolled my z years ago. It doesn't take much. I flip out if I see the rops down on my z. I'm tempted to weld them in place.

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