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Somebody rolled a rider today.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ed Ryder, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    One of my customers participated in the rescue. The worker was trapped under the mower - a John Deere zero-turn. With much struggle, he and a crew of non-English speaking Mexicans got him out. My customer removed his shirt and actually used it as a tourniquet on the injured man's arm. His hand had been crushed. I was nearby and checked out the accident scene. I'm not quite sure how it happened? The hill wasn't that steep. It appeared the machine was set-up for a rollbar but didn't have it fully installed. Had it been there, the guy might not have been hurt as bad as he was. Hmm...

    Lightning was happening, and that stuff scares me a bit after ever since a bolt blew the wood off a tree about 50 feet away from me a few years ago, so I was out of there quick.

    Anyway, be careful on hills with the riders guys, especially along any inclines near a creek or other body of water. It is possible to get killed this way if it rolls near water and you get trapped under the water with the machine on top of you.

    This company was doing a homeowner association common area and they had a national company type of look - not sure who they were. The rider was upside down on the grass when I saw it. Scary stuff! This sh*t happens. Be careful.
  2. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,917

    WOW lucky to walk away! We had flipped a great dane at the top of a hill a few years back. Kinda a freak incident...mower lost traction then gained traction pulled a wheelie and the 200+pound man pulled back when it started to flip.

    Not to mention this year we lost a 52" hydro walk behind into a lake. Total loss (its still there)

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    that storm was wild today
  4. Cubguy

    Cubguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    It happens, about 6 weeks ago a city worker rode a Z into the river.
    The grass was wet and he lost traction, he was OK - very lucky!

    Be careful
  5. ExecutiveLawns

    ExecutiveLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    A few years back that happened here to a large lawn service were one of their guys lost control and put the mower in a pond and they had to have a towing service recover the mower. not much profit that day or week.



    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    We had one of our guys run a WB in the lake last week,:hammerhead: We were able to get it out with some help from a neighbors quad We drained and bled everything out of it. Replace all filters and fluids and plugs. It runs better than it did before it went in. Oh it is alot cleaner now to with its bath.;)
  7. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Think that was a big enough wrecker? :laugh:

    When you go to sell you can advertise its clean as a whistle.

    Makes me glad I don't have many water hazards.
  8. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

  9. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Thats like using a crane to unload grocery bags after going to the grocery store.
    The truck they use to pull the trailer would have gotten it out just fine.
  10. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    I have seen guys do some pretty unsafe stuff while Im out and about. I see them taking their ztr's on some hills I would never try. ROPS down or off of course. Lots of discharge chutes off, guys trimming w/o safety glasses...I dont like me or my people getting hurt so we try to do it right.

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