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Be Safe Around Moving Parts!

G Willikers

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This could go in any forum on here I suppose. It always takes something like this to remind a person.
A fellow was caught in a conveyor near here yesterday at a potato farm. Along with paramedics, a trauma team was sent because they thought they might have to amputate a leg to get the poor guy out. As it happened, they were able to partly disassemble the machine and get him out.
It doesn't sound good, however. The report is, he has life-altering injuries.
I have seen it happen around unguarded pto shafts. They can wind you up in a second.
I know I can get careless. I needed to move some tractors around this morning. It was just above freezing, so they were stiff cranking. I walked the big flywheel on the GS&M without thinking about having loose coveralls on and a hydro parka. I should have taken the damned coat off while cranking! It all went well, but .....?
Maybe the same thing happened at the potato farm? The workers are probably dressed for the cold with floppy coats and coveralls.
Makes you sick to think about it!
 

Craig A

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There's a fine line between competence and complacency on the job.
The most competent person can get complacent about doing the same old-same old things....... :uhoh:
I've always been fairly paranoid about being careful around things that turn having worked around the lathes, drill presses and grinders in the shop.
I remember my Dad getting some raggy shirt wound up in the lead screw of one of the lathes.
Luckily he was working near the chuck and got the lathe shut down before whatever could have happened happened....... :eek:
There's no way the lead screw would have stopped....... :uhoh:
 

G Willikers

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I bumped into a fellow at the post office a couple of days ago. He is a couple of years older than me, and I went to school with his sister.
Their dad was involved in one the worst farm mishaps and fatalities in the area. We were still kids then. He was baling with one of the old A-C round balers. Something got jammed up, and he went back, with the pto still engaged, to try and unclog it. He ended up getting wound up into the machine. It wasn't a nice thing for the family, or the local volunteer firemen to find.
I can think of a lot of local farmers who died in tractor roll overs.
These things only take a second to happen.
 

NDmeterman

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And there was an accident just outside of town where a farmer was alongside his tractor when he started it... he apparently overlooked that it was in gear, as he was promptly run over. :(
(no he didn't make it)
 

Andrew Mackey

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In the last few years, the Stak has lost members to farming accidents. people do not realize the danger farmers can encounter every day. Machinery entanglement, roll-overs, machinery failure, moving beltwork, a lot to think about.

You cannot be too sure when working with a machine. Gloves, loose clothing, long sleeved shirts, all things to be aware of around moving, rotating parts.
 

dalmatiangirl61

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And there was an accident just outside of town where a farmer was alongside his tractor when he started it... he apparently overlooked that it was in gear, as he was promptly run over. :(
(no he didn't make it)
I know people that do that, they are convinced the safety switches will keep it from starting in gear, I've explained that switches fail, but they still do it:shrug:
 

Wayne 440

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One thing I try to remember- machines are not cognizant beings, it is up to us to recognize hazards and avoid them.

A man near here was killed recently by such a circumstance. Apparently he was loading a dozer on a tilt trailer and was at or on the back of the trailer possibly to secure a chain. At that moment, the trailer tilted down, causing the dozer to roll over him. There were several things that might have (or should have) been done to prevent that, but unfortunately, none were.
 

Dan Mannen

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This could go in any forum on here I suppose. It always takes something like this to remind a person.
A fellow was caught in a conveyor near here yesterday at a potato farm. Along with paramedics, a trauma team was sent because they thought they might have to amputate a leg to get the poor guy out. As it happened, they were able to partly disassemble the machine and get him out.
It doesn't sound good, however. The report is, he has life-altering injuries.
I have seen it happen around unguarded pto shafts. They can wind you up in a second.
I know I can get careless. I needed to move some tractors around this morning. It was just above freezing, so they were stiff cranking. I walked the big flywheel on the GS&M without thinking about having loose coveralls on and a hydro parka. I should have taken the damned coat off while cranking! It all went well, but .....?
Maybe the same thing happened at the potato farm? The workers are probably dressed for the cold with floppy coats and coveralls.
Makes you sick to think about it!
Sad to say the man lost both leg in the accident
 
Neighbor boy that adopted us (man now) got his foot in stump digger wheel about 10 days ago. Foot full of pins now and external metal rods supporting it. Still a maybe on saving foot. About the same time mechanic that works just down the road had an overhead door that didn't want to stay up. He got a ladder and went up to adjust springs and when he started to wind spring the bracket on that side pulled out of wall, gruesome head eye and jaw injury and as of Sat. its maybe but probably not.
 

Peter Holmander

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With winter coming, keep your hands out of the snowblower trying to clean out a blockage. When I was working, our Safety Officer comes back to work after a weekend with his hand all bandaged up. He stuck it in his snowblower to clean it out. Use a stick, broomhandle, anything but your hands. I always think about how fortunate we are these days. If you have the misfortune of getting hurt, you grab your cellphone and call the rescue. Within 30 minutes or less, depending on where you live, medical help is at your door. Many farmers died from accidents waiting for a doctor to arrive on horseback a day after the accident happened. Life was very tough back then.

And sometimes unfortunately, people do stupid things without thinking about the consequences. Like the famous comedian Ron White says "You can't fix Stupid"
 

Don Selmer

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There's a fine line between competence and complacency on the job.
The most competent person can get complacent about doing the same old-same old things....... :uhoh:
I've always been fairly paranoid about being careful around things that turn having worked around the lathes, drill presses and grinders in the shop.
I remember my Dad getting some raggy shirt wound up in the lead screw of one of the lathes.
Luckily he was working near the chuck and got the lathe shut down before whatever could have happened happened....... :eek:
There's no way the lead screw would have stopped....... :uhoh:
Craig, I know exactly what your Dad went thru. I was 16 years old at the time working on a South Bed Lathe in my basement. My long sleeve shirt didn't have the tails tucked in. Involved with running the Lathe with the lead screw on. It took a long time but before I knew it, it was wrapped around the lead screw several times. Before I knew it, it also turned me around and tore the buttons of the shirt and with the long sleeves it pinned both of my arms close to the turning shaft. I was yelling for my brother upstairs for help. He came down I said "SHUT IT OFF" he said where? I yelled "PULL THE PLUG" that was the electric cord hooked up to the light socket. He had to cut the shirt off me to get me out. It happened so slow I didn't know it until it wrapped several rounds and tugged me into it. TOO LATE :bonk:
 
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Onan Dan

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Over the years I have lost good friend and family to machinery moving objects seems we work around these things equipment and we loose or let our guard down and things happen my cousin was inside of a standard rig oil well belt house while the large one foot wide belt that goes from the clutch on the natural gas engine to the band wheel he was putting tar we call it belt dope in a tube on the belt to make it stop slipping and he should not been in there while belt was running he touched the belt with the tar stick and lost his balance close to the clutch assembly and he fell into the belt and it took his body around the clutch and belt his brother was with him that day he cut belt got Tom out he lived for an half hour or so I had a close call my self one time pumping an oil well after that I never went into the belt house while it was in motion we must never loose our fears of equipment keep us on guard and we live to see another day.
 

SteamfanMN

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a split second is all it takes. There was a guy around here he was out of his tractor for what ever reason between the tractor and a disc harrow, it wasn't a pretty sight to say the least.

Rollag had a couple mishaps with loose bundles of hay, we had two mishaps where they fell on the drive belt and the other one the pitchfork fell into the thresher and the guy fell on the belt.
 

G Willikers

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In the case of the gentleman in post 1, I heard the other day that the farm flew his wife up from Mexico, and a local church found lodging for them while he recovers. It sounds like he will have a long, hard road ahead.
 

DCamp

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When I worked in town we had a milk truck that got gas from us. The driver came in one day and did not look to good, so we asked what was up. He was at a farm picking up the milk and talking with the owner's son when they heard shouting outside. The father had gone into the liquid manure spreader to unplug it without turning the tractor off. The son ran and shut down the tractor while the truck driver jumped up on top of the tank to see what had happened. The man in the tank said " I'm done for" and fell over dead. The mixer shaft had taken both legs off.
 

Greg M

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This was a near miss (thankfully) so not gruesome. I was working on a truck two days ago that had issues with the air system engaging the pto driving the hydraulic pump. Somehow I had neglected to bleed the air off before unbolting the actuator. So 130 psi sent ~ 5 lbs of casting and piston rearwards at an impressive rate. Accompanied by an equally impressive blast/noise. Had I been on the other side of the driveshaft i have no doubt I'd not be posting today. Sloppy work on my end. It won't happen again. Be safe.

Cheers, Greg
 

Peter Holmander

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I believe the University of Nebraska has some of the most gruesome graphic photos of farm accidents you will ever want to see. And bad weather conditions will get you in big trouble every time. OSHA regulations have helped with a lot of dangerous issues such as machine guarding, confined space, etc. If the conditions are icy and the job can be put off, then wait to do it. Safety should be the first priority. Whenever I do any cutting in my shop, before I light the torch, I do a walk around to make sure no flammables are too close to the work area. I stage a fire bottle near the job where I know I can get to it if need be. No matter how careful you are, things can and will happen. Have a plan for the unexpected. If at all possible, never work alone. A helper can save your life if something goes wrong. Another modern tool that can save your life is your trusty cell phone. And like Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid" I am retired now, but I have seen my share of stupid stuff done over the years that lead to people getting hurt.
 

FWurth

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In the years that I've been farming, there has been several serious accidents in the area. 3 were rollovers that were fatal in 2 cases and the others were mostly entanglements with PTOs, of which one was fatal. Just how the other 2 survived is still a mystery! The one roll over involved me and my brother, it still chills me to the bone when I think back on it. We got real lucky that day as no one got hurt, just scared the wits out of both of us. Another friend that has passed on had lost all of one thumb and half of the other in different incidents, one involved working on a wire tie baler, he was messing with the wire feed when it tripped and snared his thumb. The other incident was years later, he was reaching in to the gathering chain of the corn head to remove debris when he got too close to the sprocket, it took the end of his other thumb off at the first joint. I bought that baler at his dispersal sale, that's when I learned of that story and how it happened, every time I go past or use that baler I think of him. All of the people involved in all of these incidents were well known to me and considered friends. They were all considered good and reasonably safe operators, yet things still happened.
 

Ross Clarke

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I have been working with hydraulics & pneumatics for 40 years now, but only became aware of "Fluid Injection Injury" within the last 10.

Gruesome stuff:eek:

Anyone that works with fluid power, diesel injection, pressurised lubrication etc. should be VERY aware of this.

If you are ever unfortunate enough to have this happen to you or witness something like this, it is imperative that the emergency response people be made aware of the seriousness of the situation and that time is of the essence.

There is lots of info on the net, but this short simple video gets right to the point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgtqCUF1E5A
 
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