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Very unfortunate. But I really feel the RIO tractors I have used are a hinderence and dont add any safety value. It really does nothing to make me stop, think and look back. That is something you need to do on your own. If anything, I am more focused on pulling up the switch to overide it than anything.

Everyone I have talked to with a RIO has become so used to to it they reach down and pull up (or whatever their model does) without even thinking about it. So it becomes second nature.

Ya just cant rely on on the machine to make things safe.

Like I said its very unfortunate. Thanks for posting.
 

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I totally agree with you. Most of the mandated safety measures do not solve the problem. They tend to add other issues. Unfortunately this is the cause for the safety measure. And, although we will never know, your pointy is valid that this machine may have had the measure installed and functioning properly. The real tragedy would be if the operator exercised the RIO while injuring his child.

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It is a terrible thing when a child that may not know no better gets hurt because of operator error. It is bad enough when anybody gets hurt around any kind of machine but the older people should know better.
It does not matter how many switch's are installed in the name of safety, they are there to help protect the makers of the equipment when the operators and their lawyers try to put the blame on them. It is a shame that we live in a world where it is always someone else's fault and we never have to blame ourselves when we screw up.

I have worked for a few company's that the easiest thing to get fired for was to hit a mail box and say you did not see it, they give no second chances due to the fact they say it could have easily been a child or person. Point is, it is the operators job to be aware of what and who is around him/her and stop if necessary and clear the area.

Sorry for the rant, just a strong subject in my mind.
 

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I read these articles and hope I have pounded safety around moving objects into their head enough. My kids were taught to get away from anything with a running engine. Sometimes I start the tractor and my 5 year old will take off running for our deck. :lol: But I could not live with myself if I was responsible for an accident, or if they were in an area I could not see and did something to them.

This poor father will remember that event every time he looks at his daughter. I cannot imagine the pain.
 
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