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Almost wiped out in my own shop -

Discussion in 'Safety Issues' started by Mike Van, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Mike Van

    Mike Van Well-Known Member

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    Just a heads up - Late yesterday, just about time to quit, I've got a 6 ft pry bar behind a loader bucket pulling about all I can. The bar slipped, I'm on the cement floor so fast, I think gravity works faster as you age. My tailbone landed on some 2x6's, the back of my head hit the shop door hard enough to close it, my right knee must have twisted, and if that wasn't enough, the 6 ft bar fell across my left shin. First time in my life I think that I didn't pop right back up. Layed there about a half a minute finding out what still worked. My 60 years was showing I guess. I was alone, as usual, no one would have missed me for at least an hour.
     
  2. grandpa

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    Well if you got any idea's on how to spring back up... im all ears. Glad you weren't seriously hurt.

    And now you know what willie59 feel's like everyday...bwah ha haha.... the old sidewinding whippersnapper.
     
  3. willie59

    willie59 Super Moderator

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    Yeah you old sawed off scissorbill, lost count of the number of times I've looked like a helicopter crashing. :tong


    Yes, good to hear you're ok, one must be careful working, especially when you're alone. ;)
     
  4. 2stickbill

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    Maybe you old cogers need to get Life Alert.Just a push of the button and helps on the way.
     
  5. John C.

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    The only way I could bounce back up is with rubber floors.
     
  6. mitch504

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    I've started collecting old bedsprings and flooring my shop with them, to help me get back up.
     
  7. 2stickbill

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    I keep the chain hoist handy.
     
  8. Phill

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    glad to hear your ok, might wanna try some football gear next time :) all kidding aside i hope its another long time before this happens again, that Murphy guy is a PITA
     
  9. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Mitch you just inspired my next infomercial.;)
     
  10. alrman

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    I know just how you feel Mike!
    Amazing how in our minds we're still 20ys old & think we can, or should be able to do what we could do then.
    I took a tumble at the beginning of the year. Stepped out side the w/shop to visit nature & went A over T on a wet path - this was the result.
    Only takes a moment, a simple slip, & things can change big time. :eek: :yup
    So guys, if your self employed - keep your income protection insurance paid up - you never know.
     

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  11. oldtanker

    oldtanker Senior Member

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    OUCH! Yea I'm a lot slower getting up the older I get! BIL is an accident waiting for a place to happen in a shop. Thing is he keeps making the same mistakes over and over. Friend this winter broke his leg doing something in his shop he's done a thoushand times....using too short a ladder to get to the shelf where he stores his filters. His wife has told him a million times that he needs a longer ladder or a different storage plan. I was there when he fell, good thing too as his wife and daughter were not home and he would have been there on the floor for several hours before they would have gotten home.

    Glad nothing real bad happened!

    Rick
     
  12. Mike Van

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    Looking at airmans pic I guess I was lucky - That was alomost a compound, and I don't mean bow.
     
  13. tedtirao71

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    slips and trips..... simple types of incident.... but different level of risks... from minor fracture to major head injury..... first control measure, proper housekeeping..... always take care guys....
     
  14. 3rdGenDslWrench

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    I had just gotten done putting on an undercarriage to a old D7G. Tightened up the master link bolts with a 3/4 drive air gun till they stopped moving. Ran the machine outside to fill it up with fuel at the dock and we always put a cheater bar on the master links just for a little bit of extra insurance....so the first 3 bolts went fine. The 4th bolt was no bueno. I had the pad facing up so it was at the top of the track frame....the head of the bolt just sheared off. I remember feeling a jolt....looking at my feet as I'm flying backwards and saying to myself " oh $h!* I havent hit the ground yet". I landed on my tailbone, got the wind knocked out of me, my head narrowly missed the big guards to keep trucks and equipment from hitting the fuel pumps.
     
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    OUCH! I bet you were more careful next time!!
     
  17. Randy88

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    Anyone who works alone should have their cell phone on them at all times, just as a safety to call for help, now this has been pointed out to me several times by older gentleman, with age comes wisdom and with wisdom comes plenty of added tools, like overhead hoists, padded chairs, added nap breaks, shorter work hours, equipment to help lift things, a helper to help lift things, bigger impact guns, less pry bars around the shop, no pipes to put on breaker bars, more bandages on hand in case you need one, and the most priceless, the "can do" button, where you poke your helper and tell him, you "can do that", while I go do this over here, and the best one ever, "you operate at the same speed as when you were younger, just somewhat slower than before and more carefully", now I'm thinking thats in the eye of the beholder, not sure though.

    Also have any of you guys noticed over time the ground gets harder, when your 20 years old the ground isn't as hard as when your 50 and as you reach 70 its hard enough to be dangerous and cause serious injury, a friend pointed this out to me a few years ago, he assured me the cement in his shop was way harder than it was in mine, I supposidly had a softer grade of concrete by his standards anyhow, I'd never looked at it that way before, couldn't argue with him, because I told him I had no intention of finding out which was actually harder.

    Anyhow its good to hear you didn't get seriously hurt and only the ego got pretty banged up, as the years progress the ego heals way faster than the body, that or else I can't remember as well, not sure which.
     
  18. TheOldMan

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    You gotta be careful with the ladder thing! I'm working on the old 580C I just purchased, and I'm due for a knee replacement (bone on bone), so I can't climb the steps on the machine, and haven't gotten around to designing a better set. Been using a 6' fiberglass ladder for access. One leg of the ladder had a crack in it down at the base (I knew that). You know what happened, it split, and down I went. Of course I had the utility cart parked just where i would fall across it. Luckily nothing broken, just an elbow that wouldn't bend for a week and a few scrapes. Put the ladder down by the road for the garbage guys to pick up, and wouldn't you know, saw the neighbor pick it up. Asked what he was going to do with it, and he thought a piece of pressure treat screwed in that leg would be a good fix. Took it back, ran over it with the tractor, and put it back for the garbage collection.
     
  19. Randy88

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    TheOldMan, I laughed till my sides hurt on the ladder you ran over to keep the neighbor from taking it and using it, sorry to hear about your fall, but at least you didn't break any bones. I'll confess I've done the same thing with ladders I've thrown away, not that my neighbors will take them but my kids will, so I cut them up before disposing of them so they can't come back again to haunt me later.