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Discussion in 'Safety Issues' started by skyking1, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    I was working a D8T a few years back, mostly working a fill for a few haul trucks. I took some pictures to explain the truly limited forward visibility on those machines. They have been used in other company safety programs. Feel free to use them.
    My diesel beetle in front of the blade.
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    my view from the normal seated position.
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    Leaning hard one way and the other.

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    in the last picture, you can see the barest sliver of the back hatch window. That's it.
    A person straight ahead is a dead one. After I showed and explained this to the dirt squeeze, he always crossed behind me.
     
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  2. Nige

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    I once came across a D8L in the middle of the night parked on a dump with the engine running and all the lights on.
    No operator in the cab, when I looked I found him curled up asleep in front of the (grounded) blade.
    Just for sh1ts & giggles I jumped up and pulled the throttle control from Low to High Idle RPM. A split-second later he shot out of his resting place like a rat up a drainpipe.... :eek::eek:
     
  3. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    you'd have ended up spitting teeth if that was me :D
     
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  4. Bls repair

    Bls repair Senior Member

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    What I do is blow the horn and twist left and right to see in front of dozer if I stop and sit for awhile in a busy area.
     
  5. doublewide

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    Just curious, what were you doing in the dump in the middle of the night?
     
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  6. 56wrench

    56wrench Senior Member

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    reminds me of the time i was working deep inside a massey 760 combine at the front of the strawwalkers. one of the other mechanics in the shop just for giggles, hit the engine starter and i shredded a pair of coveralls on the serrated edges trying to get out of there. by the time i got out, there was nobody in sight.:mad:i was mad for the rest of the day. never did find out who it was. i can chuckle about it 40 years later but it wasn't funny at the time
     
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    I would suspect he recognized a teaching opportunity.
     
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  8. LincsAgritech

    LincsAgritech New Member

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    Some good photos.

    I like how the profile of the beetle fits within the blade outline perfectly. You need to get a buggy whip:)
     
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