mower falls and kills a man

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by looperlawn, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Outlawn

    Outlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    Yeesh. My prayers are with the wife and family.
    Kind of related, but I'm a paramedic/firefighter full time. 2 years ago we went on an "MVA" call, which sound up being a middle-aged guy mowing on an embankment next to a little bridge that went over a creek. The walls of the bridge were about 15-20' off of the ground at the highest point, and sloped down. This guy I guess got too close and slid off the edge, every bit of 10-15'. He landed next to a 3/4" stick sticking out of the ground that, luckily, didn't impale him. The mower (exmark ZTR) landed on him. He was fine other than a dislocated shoulder and broken leg. Be careful out there boys and girls!
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  2. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Exactly Jack it up the Jack stands and additional blocks if need to secure. Come along on a stout tree or make 4x4 - 6x6 post in your yard for this application of maintenance.

    One guy died up here last year rolled of the side of the mountain on his ZTR
  3. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,638

    I use a mow jack. And I still don't put my head under it.
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  4. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    Just don't stick your darn head under the mower. It's really not that hard.
  5. xandrew245x

    xandrew245x LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I use a mow jack as well, and never ever put my head underneath, only my arm and I am weary about that. One property I mow has a creek running beside it, it is eroding very badly, I stay very far back from the edge because all it would take is one spot to fall away and I could be in some serious ****. I would rather spend the extra time trimming it than risking my life.
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    Be safe out there guys. When in doubt don't do it.
  7. loganfra

    loganfra LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Be aware of your surrounding and have a open clean place to work.
  8. exmarkking

    exmarkking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,012

    I'll say what everyone else is saying: don't put your head under there. I'm to the point now that I don't even use a jack/stands anymore. I back my truck up in the driveway and put the ramps down and pull the mower up on the ramps on the back if the truck(npr). Unless the ramp broke, nothing unsafe about this method
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  9. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    This is why my kubota's built in jack was a selling point.
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