Can't be careful enough

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jaybee, Oct 24, 2000.

  1. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    While mulching leaves yesterday with walk behind mower somehow a 1 inch nail escaped from under the mower and lodged in my leg just above my 8 inch workboots. Chute was down and I have no idea how this happened. Was standing in correct spot behind mower. Left equipment and rushed to doctor. Very lucky. Did everything right but you can't be careful enough. Just like a bullet the doctor said. Lots of work to do and here I sit, but once again very,very, lucky
  2. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Hope this will not keep you from working. Never thought of anything like that happening. I hope you make a quick recovery with no problems. I guess it just goes to show we should wear our PPE,Thank the Lord it was your leg and not your eyes.
    Good Luck
  3. Lawn Cruiser

    Lawn Cruiser LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    That is a way scary story where did it exit from? I would have to say you are very lucky.
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    please letus know what kind of mower you were using.


  5. Grassman

    Grassman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Back in 89, when I was still a scrub, I hit a metal clothes hanger with a Kees mower. It went through the instep of my woorkboot and lodged in my right foot about 3" deep. DANG IT HURT!
  6. jaybee

    jaybee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    It was an Exmark mower, but I don't think it was a factor. Just a freak accident.
  7. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,117

    One more reason I use my ZTR as much as possible. Think about how fast those blades are turning. Any time you go near a tree or side of a house you could hit something that could come right back at you. Or it could come out of the back of the mower right at your feet on a walk behind. I hope you recover quickly.
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Sorry to hear this also. I've heard of a spoon flying out from a 21" and going in a foot. My buddy had a piece of wire shoot out and bounce off of a garage and put his eye out. You have to expect the unexpected. Mowers are dangerous.
  9. Hardy Enterprises

    Hardy Enterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I had something similar happen to me a few month age. I was on my Lazer and just as I went by fire hydrant I hit a piece wire like on a spiral bound notebook. A small piece of the wire glanced off the fire hydrant and stuck in my lip. As it happened it wasn't nothing major I just pulled it out and continued. It bleed for a few minutes but thats it. But if it had hit an eye it would have been very serious like Eric said. I did have my safety glasses on, I always wear them you never know when something like this could happen.

  10. chrisbolte

    chrisbolte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I was once cutting with toro walkbehind and I had a blade break and shot out almost it my leg. It is a new blade no stress cracks or anything. I think the dealer or toro knew they had a problem. They gave me blade for free before I even asked for one. Wish is the way business should be done, but the toro dealer never gave anything for free!

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