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Safety Thoughts From My Accident

Discussion in 'Safety Competition' started by Reuben Frazier, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. Reuben Frazier

    Reuben Frazier Well-Known Member

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    This is coming from the bottom of my heart, Sep. 11 2019 I got out of the equipment to check some things and I walked up to the top of the tracks to check things out and I slipped off landing on my left leg in a weird position literally shattering my left femur into 20 plus pieces all by myself. I’m over a mile from the truck and I’d left my phone in the cab thinking I wasn’t going to be gone but for a few seconds to check everything. I woke up some time later next to the equipment from obvious shock and confused, seeing my leg pointed 90 degrees in the wrong direction, I had a decision to make since I didn’t have my phone with me. I could lay thr and hope I didn’t bleed to death before I was thought to be missing and someone find me or pick up my leg and somehow crawl back into the cab. Instincts kicked in and I somehow crawled up the steps and inside the cab calling 911 as I drove to the point they could reach me the entire time my leg and bones crunching and bleeding. I survived obviously but I could have easily perished from a nicked femoral artery so my advice is if your off by yourself to ALWAYS have your phone in your pocket no matter the situation. I’d never thought much about this type of scenario but let my accident be a warning to all of you. It can happen to anyone at anytime no matter how simple the task and how close to home you are, it only takes a second to change you and your family’s life forever!!!
    Over a year later I’m still recovering and still in rough shape but I’m alive and kicking so every day is precious, think 4 steps ahead and always prepare for the worst just in case the horrific happens like it did to me. Id done this a million times and never gave much thought to it but it can happen to anyone at anytime so just keep this in mind.
    If this gets 1 person think about it before they get out to check the equipment I’ll consider it a win. You guys stay safe!!!
     
  2. Ct Farmer

    Ct Farmer Senior Member

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    A perfect reminder that things can change in an instant. One bit of slipped attention or distraction is all it takes. We have been there when we say “oh, just this one time”...
     
  3. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    Only takes that ONE Little side stepped instance and its gotcha. Been there done that too just not a leg.
     
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  4. CM1995

    CM1995 Super Moderator

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    Wow! You're damn lucky to be alive.
     
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  5. old-iron-habit

    old-iron-habit Senior Member

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    WOW. Hope you recovery proceeds decently and you make a full recovery. Great advice. They also say to have a secure way to hold your phone in your vehicle. Many times people have been in a one vehicle accident and could not find where there phone flew to in the melee and in some cases spent hours trapped before found with no means of getting help.
     
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