State police have identified the town of Alexandria man killed in an incident with a tractor Monday as 76-year-old Robert Pagel.
Driver was drunk too......Not to hijack thread just to add to it. Please don‘t let your kids ride when working in fields
A news update a few minutes ago on a local TV station said the 76 YO operator was ejected from the tractor and dragged a ways under a piece of mowing equipment. I'm not sure about the equipment though. Maybe it's a flail mower but looks more like a tiller to me. Whatever it was they said it took an hour to extricate him.Looked like the tractor was pulling a tiller in the video. Possibly jambed and he was trying to free it up without turning off the PTO? Not a pretty way to go...
I can hope he had lots of time to think during his comedown period and made some decisions in life about the types of things he puts in his body.not involving a tractor just farm equipment and darwin
this is exactly why I don’t use headphones to listen to music when operating the tractor. it’s an unnecessary distraction....operating a tractor is a task that requires your full-time attention. No matter how many times you have done the same task, things do change and can catch you by surprise. Thaw/freeze cycles can introduce rocks in areas you have mowed before. Animals can cause rocks to roll in to your mowing area (trashed all 3 spindles on a Craftsman when I hit a big rock in overgrown grass in the septic field, field is on a slope, must have rolled in). Animals can dig burrows that may cause your tractor to tip. Point is, that no matter how many times you have done it before, you need to pay attention...
Almost laughable. Almost.Welp, after reading these posts, I have 2 things to say:
1. Accidents don't just happen, they are caused.
As an industrial Supervisor for 30 years, I had to respond to all lost times accidents. I never once responded that, 'the gears reached out and grabbed the employee,' but I did say, 'employee failed to button the sleeves on his shirt and became entangled in the gear mesh.' There were MANY more similar incidents/accidents where an employee was hurt due to his own negligence.
2. Safety devices have 2 purposes: to protect stupid people and to prevent the manufacturer from stupid people's actions.
I have 3 L&G tractors and have mowed since '82. My seat switches have been bypassed and my belt guards on the deck have been removed. I'm guessing I've gotten off of the tractors (often with bare feet!) with engine and deck running WOT 1000 times (if my math is close!) and I still have 10 fingers AND 10 toes. Now, if I did get hurt, I sure as He** wouldn't sue JD because of ME being STUPID! It's pretty simple to me, watch were you place you feet! When I was 10 years old I helped my Uncle cut wood with his Model L and cord wood saw. PTO was live/turned when the engine ran and NO shield, belt was approx. 6-8 feet long, UNguarded, blade was 36+/-" with no guard (TOTALLY rusted out and removed!). The belt never grabbed me and pulled me in, the blade never jumped out an cut my fingers/arm.
Machines are safe, PERIOD. Operators are another story. Think BEFORE you do...and if you can't think, don't do! Bob