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Tony n va    Posted 09-09-2007 at 00:35:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • PTO shaft death
  • This was posted on another board that my wife reads..copied here for
    a reminder to all of us.
    DAYTON, Va. (AP) - A family is in mourning after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a farm accident just minutes from the dairy farm where a family of four and a farm hand died in an accident earlier this summer.

    Eric James Koogler of Harrisonburg, Va. died shortly before 4 p.m. Monday after police say a piece of farm equipment snapped off a tractor and struck the boy in the torso. Authorities say the youth suffered internal injuries.

    Witnesses say Koogler and other farm workers were lining up a tractor and a wagon to unload chopped corn into a silo. That's when a 4-foot-long power shaft connecting the tractor to an auger, came detached from the tractor and hit Koogler. An auger is a long metal tube that moves material. Police are calling it a freak accident.

    Dayton is just a few minutes from Bridgewater where, in July, exposure to fumes killed four family members and a farmhand. In that case, a farmer succumbed to fumes while in a manure pit. His family and the farm worker succumbed after trying to rescue him.

    Rockbiter    Posted 09-24-2007 at 23:18:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • that last sentence comes around every so often. One person gets in trouble in a pit or silo
    and others try to rescue him only to become victim number 2 and 3 and 4 etc. Happens a lot
    with electricution cases too. People are too quick to respond and don't recognize the hazard.
    Sad but true.
    Mike in CO

    Lee Clark    Posted 10-30-2007 at 00:33:26 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I knew a man in Potter Valley, California that was standing on the front of a machine being pulled through a field with the PTO running. He was wearing coveralls that were unfastened up the front because it was hot. His left leg swung into contact with the shaft as they hit a bump and the pant leg of his coveralls caught on the shaft. He felt himself being pulled in and grabbed some framework above and behind him. The shaft pulled most of the coveralls right off of him as the material wrapped around it. Other than being emberassed at his state of undress, he was unscathed.

    Rockbiter    Posted 10-30-2007 at 13:32:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks for the response Lee,

    Most people aren't that lucky to walk away from contact with a turning shaft without injuries.
    One story I read said that a woman with long hair bent over a turning PTO shaft and it pulled
    her scalp about halfway off. That's gotta hurt!

    Mike in CO

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