Woman killed with mower in my hometown.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by YotaNate, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
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    Kinda old to be using a commercial w/b, but who knows.

    Local woman dies after freak mowing mishap

    By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer

    Published Sunday, September 10, 2006 6:00 AM EDT

    A local woman died late Friday morning after a freak accident involving a lawnmower.

    Shirley Torbett, 70, died from a severe cut to one of her legs, according to officials with Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

    A call for help was received shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.

    Emergency first responders with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service and the BCSO rushed to the scene on Crawford Drive.

    Torbett was reportedly mowing a neighbor's yard with a large industrial walk-behind lawnmower when the accident occurred.

    LifeForce helicopter landed at Wal-Mart South as paramedics worked to save the woman's life.

    The victim suffered a significant loss of blood due to the wound and passed away before she could be airlifted, according to reports.

    She is survived by her husband of 52 years James “Bill” Torbett of Cleveland; children Mickey Torbett of Cleveland, Tim Torbett and Kevin Torbett, both of Murfreesboro; four grandchildren: Jason Rogers of Cleveland, Amanda Torbett of Cleveland, Will Torbett and Justin Torbett, both of Murfreesboro; four sisters and five brothers.

    Her funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery.

    REALSLOW LawnSite Senior Member
    from FLORIDA
    Messages: 668

    She was probably using a Lesco WB, every time I or an employee use ours we end up with some kind of injury because of how poor the fit and finish on the mower is.
  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Very sad. It seems like alot of the deaths caused by mowers are considered freak accidents. Any details into what actually happened to cause this. We had a guy killed a few years ago mowing near a deep ditch at a K-Mart but it wasn't a freak accident. He was too close to the ditch it seems.
  4. YotaNate

    YotaNate LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I don't know any details. Just saw it on our newspapers website this morning.
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
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    Whatever happened, she died from blood loss. Must have been a severe wound.
  6. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    everyoone be careful out there
  7. parkeeee

    parkeeee LawnSite Member
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    No matter how good we are, we can never take safety for granted.
  8. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    Very true...Just a few days ago while i was backing up my walkbehind on wet grass (flat surface)I slipped and my foot almost went right under the deck :eek:
  9. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    LawnSite Senior Member Join Date: Jun 2006
    Location: FLORIDA
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    She was probably using a Lesco WB, every time I or an employee use ours we end up with some kind of injury because of how poor the fit and finish on the mower is.

    Wonder what would happen if one of your workers was hurt using your machine and he squealed about it's history of accidents?
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Your have some large arteries in your legs and if one of these is severed your bodies volume of blood may be depleated in less than 4 minutes. It usually takes an ambulance more than that to get to the scene. Very unfortunate occurance. I do remember another accident that was publicized where a man was mowing and hit a large tv dish from the older days. That dish fell on his leg, cut the femoral artery and he died on the scene also. The Man Above has his plan, He doesn't always tell you how the story ends.

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