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Working around idiots....

Discussion in 'Safety Issues' started by digger242j, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. alan627b

    alan627b Senior Member

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    Foremen, surveyors, dirt testers and state highway inspectors....are not suitable fill material. I'm glad I haven't seen anything that gory yet.
    I saw first hand the reason not to use chains to tow heavy equipment. My boss is lucky to be alive and well, and mostly suffered broken teeth and neck problems....when the chain, hooked between my 627 and a Steiger tractor, broke and hit him in the mouth! :eek: Scared the sh*t out of me, I thought for sure he was dead. Don't tow with chains, guys, and stay well clear when towing!
    alan627b
     
  2. JDOFMEMI

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    I seen in the newspaper here a few weeks ago about a crew of drillers on a site who went to lunch, came back and started drilling again (they were drilling 60" x 40 ft deep holes) and they discovered that the inspector came by during lunch and fell into the hole. This was determined when he arrived at the top with the first load of muck on the auger. Apparently they did not cover their hole before leaving it unnatended. The inspector should not have been there alone, but the hole should never be left open and ungaurded.

    Its too late for the inspectors lesson, but the crew will remember forever now that its too late
     
  3. alan627b

    alan627b Senior Member

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    Because I Was Inverted....

    What I learned, the hard way, was if you can't see what is under the vegetation, get down and walk the area. The slope I was up on, along I-80 west of Omaha, was generally a 3 to 1, but steepened up as it approached
    a culvert under the highway. But with weeds 4 feet high, I couldn't see it....
    I was stripping this slope, so we could fill against it. This was in late summer, and the ground was dry and baked hard as a brick. I felt the slope starting to get steeper, and was coming down the way I was taught. Shift into 1st or 2nd gear, stay off the rear throttle and turn downhill, and keep the pan low...it almost worked, until the rear tire on the downhill side fell into a washout, and over she went!
    I had both ends shut off within a minute, after I determined I was ok. Thank God for ROPS and seatbelts! All that really got damaged, was 1 air cleaner, a couple of stacks and the mufflers. It bent the spill wrack and i fender a little. And they had to put the pin that fell out back in....
    As you can see, it was hardly cherry before it went over. And it was back in action my mid-day on Monday!
    This happened on a Friday, about half an hour before quitting time....
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  4. alan627b

    alan627b Senior Member

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    More carnage...:eek:
     

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  5. Countryboy

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    Glad you didn't get hurt. Like you said ROPS and seat belts DO save lives. :yup
     
  6. alan627b

    alan627b Senior Member

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    More yet!
     

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  7. alan627b

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    And still they keep coming!
    I'm glad the brush pile was there. They brought in a Cat 320 or 325, cleared the brush pile out from under it. Reached over and pulled it about halfway over, then tracked around to the other side, and pushed it the rest of the way.
     

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    Were not done yet!
     

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  9. alan627b

    alan627b Senior Member

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    Digging it out....
     

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    alan627b Senior Member

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    Digging some more...
     

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  11. alan627b

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    Coming back over...
     

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  12. alan627b

    alan627b Senior Member

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    627's aren't side dumps...

    Right side up!:notworthy
    I don't recomend rolling one over, but I do recoomend ROPS cabs and WEARING SEATBELTS!!!!!
     

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    I see you have the bail and hook set up you spoke of in the other post.

    It doesn't appear the smiley on the push bar suffered any damage. :bouncegri
     
  14. alan627b

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    It doesn't appear the smiley on the push bar suffered any damage. :bouncegri[/QUOTE]
    And you know, three years later, that smiley is still on it! We don't use pushcats or push pulls all that much, mostly because
    1) There aren't that many scrapers in the fleet that haven't had the bails welded up, for one reason or other,
    2) Too many independents, not enough guys that can or will work together
    3) hard to find 2 scrapers matched closely enough in power to do it
    Most of what i operate is , shall we say, well used.....
    I'm getting wrist surgery this Wednesday, partly due to running the old iron. It gets different people in different ways.
    I might not be typing for awhile after tomorrow.
    alan627b
     
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  15. Lashlander

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    I really hate that when it happens.:yup Thanks for the photos.
     
  16. wrenchbender

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    Looks like an awfull lot of trouble to go through for an oil change.:rolleyes:
     
  17. Dusty

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    the cat just wanted some sun on its belly
     
  18. JDOFMEMI

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    Alan
    Did you teach her to sit up and beg after you perfected laying down and rolling over?:bouncegri
     
  19. wrenchbender

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    I think you ment rolling over and then laying down.
     
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    WOW :eek: Talk about a Maalox moment!




    I hope everything goes well on the surgery Alan.