Throwing away bungie cords due to an accident

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mico Landscaping design, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. Mico Landscaping design

    Mico Landscaping design LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    just letting everyone here know be careful with bungee... my dad was typing down a load of mulch and had a bungee cord snap and shatter his eye right out.. doctors say no vison is there ... so basically we have thrown out every bungee cord around our place.. please be careful with them... its his 3rd accident in 10 years and hes been using them for 25 years.. one little slip and its done! i would hate to hear from anyone else on here bout this so i am passing on this.... see ya guys later..:waving:
  2. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    Damn I use bungee cords for everything. I know how dangers they can be and I'm usually pretty careful but I agree its best to use rope! Hope your dad recovers well.

  3. Sandgropher

    Sandgropher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    In aussie a kid that was collecting shopping trolleys , puts one on end to hold them all in place... not sure what happened but hit him in neck and died...have been banned from all shopping centers now...oh and lost one eye is all to common i'm afraid, hear of it regaurly (best wishes to your father):drinkup:
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Gosh that's terrible news, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers accident. I wish him well and hope he is feeling ok.
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    That's terrible news about your dad. Sorry to hear it. I've often thought about that happening though.
  6. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    I sure hope your dad gets his vision back somehow. Thanks for the warning. I use them for alot of stuff.
  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    You make a very valid point.

    Bungee cords are not designed to carry a load....But on many occasion I see people (landscapers too) using bungees to secure cargo. Ive seen people use them to with a a tarp to secure debris that is heaped up over the sides of the bed of the truck (rather than using ratchet straps, ropes, or put sided on the truck). Ive seen people use them to strap mattress to the roof of their car and then drive down the highway....

    And there is no easy way to tell when a bungee will fail....

    Its one thing to use a bungee to snug up a tarp to keep it taught. or to use it to help keep trimmer or gass can from moving around... Its quite a nother to use it as your sole method for securing cargo.

    (BTW I am not saying that you where using the bungee to secure your load as we don't know I am only making some points)

    The Manager who runs the garage here at GU lost his eye in a grinding accident. No glasses.....but now a glass eye...
  8. ranger351w

    ranger351w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Sorry to hear about your dad . Must be terrible. That is the reason I never do anything without safety glasses. I never had a bungee cord break but often thought they would hurt you if they did. I sure hope the Dr's. are wrong.

    A.S.D.S. Mowing
  9. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,763

    I use those black thick rubber bungees mainly to hold the gas tanks. They have no recoil. Flat bed truck drivers use them.
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    But only to secure thier tarps.....I think the black rubber one are the best, at least when they start getting old or if they get nicked or damaged it is easier to see.

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