Wear your boots, stupid!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by YotaNate, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
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    Last week I posted about a lady who died after running over herself with a w/b. Today was a little more personal. I was mowing a large (3 acre) yard and a kid across the street was weedeating a ditch. I see him sitting down for a smoke break and wave. About 15 minutes later I see him sitting down holding his foot. I figured he took a rock to the foot, and it hurt a bit. I make the next loop (big loops on this yard :) ) and he is still there, so I go over to see what the problem was. He was shaking horribly, and his shoe was covered in blood. Seems he hit a big chunk of beer bottle glass and flung it into his foot. Went right through his running shoes. I called the ambulance and got him to give me his mom's number so she could come too. The EMT's get there and proceed to cut off his shoe. He severed his big toe, and the next 2 as well. About 95% cut through, right through the bone and everything. Just a bit of skin holding them on.

    So be careful, watch what you are doing, and wear some damn boots! I prefer steel toe myself.
     
  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    This goes right back to the Thread about the guy cutting in flip flops.
     
  3. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You may have saved his life. If no one saw him he could have bled to death from his foot. Very good Job being alert to stuff going on around you.

    You receive the "GREEN THUMB" metal of honor....:clapping: :clapping:
     
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's why I always wear my STEEL TOED work boots whenever I'm working! I feel sorry for the kid though!:dizzy:
     
  5. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ouch...

    I always where something leather, whether it be my steel toes (after work mowing) or leather Vans (yea, they're pretty tough), or some old Bass leather shoes I have lying around.
    You wont catch me out there in a pair of flipflops or even nylon'ish running shoes.
     
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Wow, that is an incredible story, a big pat on the back to you. My cousin cut his big toe off when he was 6 using a push mower and sandals :hammerhead: I always wear steel toed boots, cheap insurance plus once you cut off a toe, that is it, you aint gettin it back ya know?
     
  7. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always wear steel toed boots when im working. I have them on a lot when I am not working because there nice and comfrtable. My feet feel weird when i dont have my boots on.
     
  8. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just wear running shoes. Then again, all I do is drive the truck, park it, get on the Zmaster and then back in the truck. I guess I could wear sandals if I wanted to. In the even I do have to make up for lost time by trimming and stuff, I wear boots........except for 100+ Degree days, thats just too rough.
     
  9. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Imagine if part of the bottle shot up towards his face. It can happen to any of us. Good going on helping him out.
     
  10. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Did his trimmer have a guard on it?
     

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