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turn off mower before changing height

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by evergreenedmond, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. evergreenedmond

    evergreenedmond LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    One of my foreman called me this morining & told me I needed come meet up with them QUICK. When I got to the house I saw my newest employee with 2 fewer fingers than he left the shop with. I asked him what happened & he informed me he tried to change the height of the mower without turning it off first. We spent 3 hours in the ER, he got about 20 stitches shattered his ring & pinkie finger & lost both fingernails. Right now it is 50/50 if the fingers need to be amputated or not, we are going to a hand surgeon monday to find out. All because he wanted to save a couple seconds by not shutting the machine down before changing the cut height.
  2. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    what kind of mower was it?
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Are you serious?

    This was what a 21'' walkbehind? If so your employee lacks common cense.

    Sucks for him but come on, trying to adjust the deck on a push mower while it is running is a big nono...
  4. Kickin Your Grass

    Kickin Your Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Sorry to hear that. I hope he is fine.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Must have been a WB...good Lord, that is horrible to say the least.
  6. mak2

    mak2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    OOOPs, sounds to me like the safety devices were disabled, BAD.
  7. evergreenedmond

    evergreenedmond LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    it was a toro commercial 21"
  8. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,128

    Holy Cow. Man did he just have a brain cramp? How long has he been doing this? I know you say he is new but is that with you or all together?
  9. evergreenedmond

    evergreenedmond LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    He's been with me for little over a month. I forgot to mention that since he doesn't speak english I have to go to all appointments with him to translate.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    if they were, here comes a lawsuit

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