- Dec 9, 2008
- Reaction score
- Ponca City Ok
Yeah, didn't want to mention the alcohol issue with falling out, although that is an issue for sure. Long days on the tractor can lead to that for some.Pretty sure alcohol was involved with that one that fell out.
The one near Wakita a few years ago the guy had bad wiring or something on his tractor and jumped across the solenoid or starter with a screwdriver and it started but was in gear. He got out of the way, and then tried to used the back end of his flatbed to slow it down to stall it out. That didn't work so he got in front of it and waited for it and was going to step on the ladder and get in and get control of it. He missed the step or something, lost his balance and fell and it ran over him.
I have a lot more stories of crap happening as I'm sure you do as well about farming accidents. They are not uncommon.
Edit: I have a scar of 172 stitches in my right leg from starting a vehicle while it was left in drive and wouldn't start.
Went to a golf driving range to hit some balls that was owned by a friend/coworker.
Employees mother pulled in to pick up her kid and left the vehicle in drive when getting out, turning off the key.
When it wouldn't start, friend asked me to come help because I did that electrical stuff where we worked.
Used the golf cart they had for picking up the golf balls as a jump which had an expanded metal cage built on it where the edges on the door had not been finished yet. About 3/4" long.
When I went across the starter,(that had been left in drive) the vehicle lurched forward, pinning me between the cart door and the vehicle. The curb bumper prevented the vehicle from coming further, but it was running and the lady was so glad she hit the throttle again, pinning me once more on the expanded metal until she realized this was not a good thing to do and let off the gas.
Dr at the ER said that was his personal record for putting in stitches. Fortunately for me, it was high hip and is covered by shorts in the summer.