I heard some local bad news this morning. A young man, just starting out in farming was running a spreader truck with either lime or fertilizer. Apparently something happened to the drag chain and he got out to see what was going on but left the mechanism running. The spinners caught a string on his hoodie and it was all over. I didn't know him personally but understand he had two small children.
A grim reminder for all of us who run equipment to shut it down before inspecting or approaching equipment. Spinners, gears, PTO shafts, belts, pulleys, chains all have the potential to kill. Yes, it's a PITA to shut stuff down and restart but at least when you do it you still have a butt. This young man's family won't have him around this Christmas or any other time. A few seconds to shut things down and let them stop moving and he would be working on the truck instead of his family planning a funeral.