I thought that by sharing your story of an accident or mishap that occurred by you or your employee during operation of a ZTR might prevent others from future mistakes. Sometimes we make careless mistakes, other times accidents occur by no fault of our own. Either way our mistakes or accidents can often be injurious or fatal. With that being said, on my farm I cut around 2 ponds with straight up vertical banks, no slopes. I run mower as close to edge as possible to eliminate as much string trimming as possible. Today I realized how much I'm jeopardizing my own safety just to get few inches closer to edge. If the bank caved in or if I made a slight error or misjudgment my mower and I would be in deep water. I also cut along several 10 ft. deep ditches also with straight up vertical banks. As of today I will make it a point to stay further away from edge of ponds and ditches and spend a few more minutes with trimmer. Just by voicing my foolishness it has made determined to be more cautious in the future. Thought for today : When everything goes wrong, don’t go with it.