Death at work

Tue May 24, 2011 7:40 pm

a man got killed at the steel mill where i work yesterday, forklift operator got off machine to move some dunnage where he wanted to set load (about 30,000 lbs.). he turned his back to forklift and it rolled and pinned him between another stack of steel. he had left the engine running, trans in neutral but did not set his brake. how many times have we put a running tractor in neutral and just got off to do something. cubs have a brake lock and i have never used it but that is going to change . cubs are not heavy as far as tractors go but 1800 pounds sitting on your chest will kill you just as quick.

Re: Death at work

Tue May 24, 2011 7:42 pm

bad news

Re: Death at work

Tue May 24, 2011 7:54 pm

Sorry to hear the bad news ,He and his family will be in our prayers

Re: Death at work

Tue May 24, 2011 8:30 pm

Fodman we are all very sorry to hear about your lost of a co worker, it is very sad when anyone dies of something as simple as setting a break. But we all do things we shouldn't do some times, Thanks for posting this, It may make all of us to thing Twice. may God be with the family, The Chief

Re: Death at work

Tue May 24, 2011 8:32 pm

Accidents are tough, cause everything is going just great then in a fraction of a second it can change usually resulting in bad stuff. Yes, a person should never leave a vehicle running and leave it, but we've all done it. Wishing the best for his family and in my prayer.

Re: Death at work

Wed May 25, 2011 6:09 am

Being involved in EMS and also plant safety and first response I have seen a lot of injuries and some deaths caused by "accidents". And they are indeed accidents. No one meant for anything to go wrong. But in most of those incidents people were doing something they had done before many times and never had a problem. In each case - "something" different happened this time. We do become complacent with our practices sometimes and it surely pays to stay on one's toes all the time when working around any type of equipment.

Re: Death at work

Wed May 25, 2011 9:32 pm

I plowed with my cub today and got off a dozen times and only set the brake twice. Not smart but my big foot does not fit to step down or up with the brake set.

What I was taught early on about farm gear while very cool, it is a monster waiting to eat you if you get lazy, nonchalant or stupid.

Number one rule of thumb from Dad was never get between the tractor and something else without an escape plan and eyes wide open.

Re: Death at work

Thu May 26, 2011 5:46 am

Sorry to hear about your co-worker also, will keep all in our prayers, seems we all got a lot to do and forget what we are doing at the present.