How could this happen??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Squizzy246B, May 20, 2006.

  1. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Why you should never override safety switches.
  3. miacharger

    miacharger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    People do some REALLY stupid things. Someone gets too comfortable with a piece of equipment, takes a shortcut and gets cut short. I saw someone use a forklift to raise up a tractor with a chain to work underneath, of course it fell and crushed him and that was that. Also saw someone drown operating a skid loader by a canal bank and later go over the edge into the water. I feel bad because when it happened I was not there to help.
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,168

    It must happen fairly often as if you go to the OSHA website you can read about a lot of them. This is why we have seat sensors, arm bar sensors, push to move buttons etc. Yet people continue to try and bypass these and continue to kill themselves. Maybe we need an IQ test before you can start the machine.
  5. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    did this bobcat have a seat switch? the article said he attempted to switch buckets with the safety bar down. seems he leaned over it to release the bucket, and stood on the lift peddle. unless there was a seat switch that was bypassed, sounds like operator was at fault.
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    Ahh..the shallow end of the gene pool just got a little less crowded....
  7. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    i guess you CAN fix stupid...

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