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A Reminder

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MOturkey, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    To always be careful. The front page of our local paper carried a story about the death of a local man who was killed while cutting wood. He was using a front end loader to transport the wood, and was killed while putting wood in the bucket, and the tractor jumped out of gear and ran over him. He was a heavy equipment operator his whole life, so it goes to show that no matter how experienced you are, things can always go wrong in a hurry.
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,537

    that's good advice...as soon as you think you got it covered and all figured out that's when something jumps up to bite you.
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,600

    That's really a shame, but totally avoidable.

    All machines come with parking brakes, and larger ones usually have very good ones, but far too many people are just too lazy to use them. If he had set it, he'd still be here and we wouldn't be posting about it here now.
  4. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    How do those work? Was it just left in neutral with no brake on? That could have been a problem even had it not "jumped into gear". I prefer to just shut down and restart if I have to get off a machine , just to be sure. It is easy toget careless after you've been around these machines a long time and when you're tired or in a hurry.

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