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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by K.Carothers, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    This happened minutes from my house. A shredder from a local tree service got unhitched and caused the death of 3 people last night.

    Also, it goes without saying that you must have insurance!!!

  2. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    THat is too bad

    I hope the driver is punished to the fullest extent.
  3. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    That's tragic but thanks for passing it along. I emailed the video to my lead as a great reminder to make sure EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS SECURED.
  4. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    it is the groundsmans responsibility to ensure the machine is connected properly and everything tight. the driver is at fault too though, for not going and double checking what the groudsman should have done to begin with.

    I've gotten chewed out for that once, and never had it happen again.
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    yep, I saw that on the news last night.. simply terrible.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    Having an accident like that is not good for anyone! That is very unfortunate for the people that were killed! Thanks for passing it on.
  7. Joey bag a' donuts

    Joey bag a' donuts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

  8. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    That a 12" brush bandit. Weights about 4500+ pounds. $50 say the pintel hitch on the truck didn't have its safety pin in. Seen it happen once before in an accident around here a while ago. Anything that heavy the safety chains would have snapped. Plus the brakes aren't going to do any good anyways.
  9. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    4500? try 6000. I used one that was a 250XP, just like that one, it weighed in at 6000 pounds with all fluids, and everything. you're definately right, the breakaway brakes, safety chains, etc arent gonna do squat with somethin like that. its akin to attempting to stop a freight train on a dime.

    still is sad that people died because of that.
  10. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Sorry my bad, I was thinking of the weight of a 9" brush bandit. :dizzy:

    Yea nothing would stop that fast except a concrete wall.

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