Helper Messed Up (Originally Posted by Bob)

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Chicago, IL USA
My #3 helper put my Shindaiwa EB630 blower(5 months old) on the blower rack today. He didn't put the pin in to hold the blower to the rack. At the next stop the blower was gone. All that remained was the tube assembly stuck to the trailer. I doubled back but couldn't find it. I called all the local lawn shops and told them to be on the look out for an EB630 in need of repair.


Bob: I had to edit out the original Heading of your post. The only way I could do it was delete it and repost your original message. We have women and young guys that read these posts. I'm sure everyone has heard that word, but I deleted another post last night using the same one. I realize it didn't have all the right letters in it, but it was easy to figure out. Lets keep this clean guys.

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So what do you do in that the guy..nock his pay..
tough call. Does this helper always make mistakes, if that is the case, good-bye. Everybody makes mistakes,but the ones that do it all the time,this situation would be perfect case for dismissal. Good luck on collecting. You try, the guy walks. Ultimitly, the driver of the vehicle is responsible for ALL EQUIPMENT IS SECURED!
Can't say I haven't done something stupid like this myself,but always took resposibilty.


LawnSite Silver Member
I agree totally with John on this one. Something like this happened to 2 guys in our shop involving a trailer. One guy started to hook the 10 ton trailer to the dump truck and never got to finish. The other guy saw that the trailer was hooked up and figured it was good and took off, breaking the jackstands right off the trailer.

Another story, funny enough, the same dufas driver jumped in a dump truck one day, again without doing his walk around first, and didn't see that the trailer was on the back of the truck. (Its actually easy to do this the way we park in tight rows, and at night its worse!!) The trailer still had the light harness and the safety chains hooked to the truck!! :( It pulled the neck of the trailer into the back of the truck and busted a brake light and turn signal, and bent the landing gear quite a bit too.

The moral of the story is always check to make sure your vehicle/trailer/complete load is secure before driving off!!

Safety First!!

(Blower second!!) :)

Sorry about the loss though, hope it turns up!

Gusbuster wrote:

"So what do you do in that the guy..nock his pay.. "

Check your state employment and payroll laws before "nocking" an employee's pay.

In my state it is legal to ask the guy to pay for it, legal to fire him if he doesn't; but you
are subject to triple damages if you take it out of his pay without his consent.



LawnSite Senior Member
Central Texas
I have a real strict policy about damage to my trucks, equipment, etc. If it's unintential or something that could of happened to anyone I let it go. If you're a continious screw up then you've got to go. My guys pay for things they break that way they gain respect for the equipment. They must understand all employees, not just the boss depends on this equipment to make a living day to day. So I involve them in routine maintance to help educate employees in taking care of the tools we all need to make the next job look as good as the last. Yes we all make mistakes but I feel the crew leader should secure and double check the truck and trailer for it is his responsibility.


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Sorry about that Eric.
I ordered a new blower to replace the lost one. The helper wants to pay for it but I said no. Incedently,the place I ordered my blower from is selling T-230's for $225 and T-270's for $325. Plus $15 shipping. E-mail me for more info.

Kent Lawns

LawnSite Senior Member
Bob, you've got a guy who's a team player and wants to help pay for the lost blower.

That's worth more than that blower any day.


LawnSite Senior Member
Northern NJ
I had a guy leave a Redmax 6200 in front of a customers house while cleaning up and he went around back. To make matters worse, it was a bus stop ! I put the blower on the truck and after leaving the job asked him about it and he didn't even remenber leaving it there. I'm glad I grabbed it before anyone else did. I don't think he would have been so forthcoming in paying for the loss.