Intresting figures, i have seen a few and heard of a few nasty ones, worst was my gaffer at the time flipping an Atilla going past the 45% being a bit cocky! and the two pound swivel blade end catching him right at the top of the leg/bum cheeck and making a clean gash almost to the bone and oddly there was only a few drops of blood,we were almost at the top of a hill doing water board sites at the time and it took an age for the Ambulance to get to us, he couldent be moved and was going into shock.
I dread to think how diffrent it could have been if it had hit any other part of him.
That experience showed me just how important a two man team is on jobs such as these.
A guy handing the pole trimmer down the ladder by the blades while it was still runing and bumping the triger off the ladder on it's way, lost one finger nearly two. i wasent witness to that.
Trimmers not set at the rite idle and blades running all the time, accident waiting to happen!!
Most of these sort of accidents are due to hurrying not paying full attention to what they are doing and what is going on around,and you do get people that really just simply! lack practical/common sense.they just dont see the potential dangers.
Always think ahead.
"Most of these sort of accidents are due to hurrying "
How true...Today I was in a rush to get to my next job and was at a road junction waiting for a Land Cruiser coming along. The driver indicated left, so I pulled out to turn right. Unfortunately the stupid ****** actually meant she wanted to turn left at the next turning, about 50 yards ahead of me. Result: hit broadside by 2.5 tons of Land Cruiser. I think normally I might have waited to see that they were actually going to do what they signalled, but I was in a bit of a hurry, so pressed on.
My truck (L200) is out of commission, maybe even a write off. Police and Ambulance attended. My head is still intact, but with a large bump. All because I now have to ferry about a subby who is experienced in gardening and a good worker, but cannot drive yet. He is about to do his test. Lesson learnt: Don't ferry others about, and DO NOT RUSH, which normally I do not.
Amazingly, I was rescued from the remote location by the client I had worked for this very morning who was passing by. The truck was recovered later, still with £900 worth of cheques and cash in the glove box which in my somewhat shaken state I forgot about.
Even more amazingly, 2 nights ago I had a dream that I was driving a Land Cruiser over identical heathland, and it was struck by lightning...!!!
On the plus side, I found out that my pulse rate is very low at 54 beats per min, no doubt due to plenty of physical exercise. The ambulance crew were very sceptical of their machine which pumped my arm up to breaking point checking pressure.
Now waiting to hear about the trucks repairability and re-jigging my very heavy schedule to cope with rain disrupting work and marooned subby.
Your not the only one, my truck is in a similar state due to an idiot driver forcing me off the road and into a tree. I've had to put a tow bar on my Citroen C2, far from an ideal commercial vehicle.