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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gorrell, Jul 31, 2001.

  1. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    I pulled a good one Saturday evening. I'd just changed blades on my flatlander with my jungle jack and decided to tackle one of my suburb'n turbn's before quitting for the evening. I tried to raise the deck the first time and said "man is this ever heavy". I tried the second time and my left foot slipped and my right foot turned as I fell and dislocated and broke my right ankle. I called to my wife who was nearby and said I think I broke my ankle and when she saw it at a 90 degree angle to the other foot she said(Oh yeah you did!) Anyway our Saturday evening and night was spent in the emergency room and operating room. I ended up with a plate and 7 screws in my ankle and a cast up to my knee and most likely no work for 5-6 weeks. Thank God for good employees. Boys and girls take it from me, you can't be too careful.......................Lynn
  2. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    Wow, Lynn, get well soon!

    It just goes to show you how things can just happen, and how careful we need to be out there. You've got good employees, as you've said, so that'll help in your situation, but us solo ops out here have to be twice as careful. One bad mishap like that could force some of us to hang up our mowing hats, and that's a scary prospect.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. shorelinelawn

    shorelinelawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    OUCH !!
    Hope you get well soon.
    At least you have employees to get the jobs done !
    At least you can "relax" the rest of summer. Maybe there's a lake nearby you can pull up a chair, drop a line, and enjoy a cold beverage !!! As your staff does the job.
    Just don't push your healing process !!! if they say 6 weeks, they mean 6 weeks !
    If ya don't like fishing, put a lawn chair in the bed of one of your trucks, prop up an umbrella, pack a cooler, then " supervise "
    Good Luck !!!!!
  4. oneEXMARKfan

    oneEXMARKfan Banned
    Messages: 254

    Sorry to hear about your accident Lynn. Hope you aren't in too much pain, and it heals fast. As a solo op. I don't know what I would do, but glad you have things under control. Thinking about getting a Jungle Jack, have you been happy with yours?
  5. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    oneExmarkfan, yes I've been happy with the jungle jack until this incident. I believe the Suburb'n Turb'n is just too heavy for the jack to lift. I usually drive up on the side of the tailgate of the trailer, but couldn't Saturday because the truck was not hooked to the trailer. Guess I should have waited until it was. Hind sight is 20/20...................Lynn
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183


    The left ankle is the one you need to raise and lower the deck, it's still healthy! Don't use this as an excuse to get out of working the rest of the summer. Prop that right foot up and get back at it!

    Well, with no employees that's what I would have to do:cry:
  7. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    My buddy tore something in his ankle one year. He use to hope up onto his laser and riggerd a system for it to be propped up. It was a funny site, but he kept cutting. :) Use to use crutches to get in his cutting truck, I give him credit, I would of been "supervising" :)
  8. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    Sorry to hear this GORRELL.

    Hope the pain doesn't last. and I would seriously consider the wet line theory of recovery..
  9. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    I usually drive up on the side of the tailgate of the trailer, but couldn't Saturday because the truck was not hooked to the trailer.

    I do this sometimes also. FYI: If your trailer isn't attached to the truck, put a jack stand under it at the rear on each corner. Instead of the tongue being held down, the gate end is held up. It's less of a hassle than moving vehicles. BTW, I only do this on a flat paved surface. The stands will sink into a lawn or stone driveway.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Sorry to hear this, Lynn. Get well soon, and take care. By the way, I haven't seen you around lately..., is it just me?

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