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Subject: Augers (post hole diggers) can be dangerous - be careful!

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Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 07-14-2014 at 07:41:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Augers (post hole diggers) can be dangerous - be careful!
  • Powhatan man injured on farm machinery Saturday afternoon
    Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:29 PM EDT
    Updated: Jul 13, 2014 9:52 PM EDT
    By Marshall Norton - email

    POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - Jul 13, 2014 9:52 PM EDT

    A Powhatan man injured in an agricultural accident Saturday suffered non-life-threatening injuries after his clothing snagged on the auger he was using, pulling him into the machinery.

    Powhatan fire crews responded to the 1800 block of Capeway Road around 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the incident.

    The injured man, not identified by authorities, was already free of the machinery by the time help arrived, but his injuries were serious enough for him to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 11-16-2015 at 13:55:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Augers (post hole diggers) can be dangerous - be careful!
  • Back when I was the Fire Marshal here, the City Manager placed the EMS Dept. under my direction and supervision and one very hot summer day, we were dispatched to a farm tractor emergency not too far from our headquarters.

    Upon arrival, we quickly discovered that while setting old railroad ties for fence posts in the black gumbo soil we have here, the auger on the tractor that two men were using would not bite into the ground on this particular hole, so rather than using their heads and retrieving a bucket of water to soften the soil, one of the fellows decided he'd stand up on the tractor's lift arms and jump on the arms to try to get the auger to bite into the soil. Additionally, the plastic safety shield for the PTO shaft was of course missing from said shaft. According to statements made by the tractor operator, the man riding and jumping on the lift arms (in slick leather soled cowboy boots) only made a couple of jumps when his right leg slipped off and to the inside of the lift arm, the spinning PTO shaft catching the right side leg of the jeans he was wearing, and you can imagine what happened next; (all I'll say here is that the site was not very easy to look at).

    The tractor operator, being totally in-experienced with this type equipment, panicked and jumped off the tractor thinking he could grab his fellow worker to help the situation (rather than simply pressing down on the clutch pedal). As near as we could figure, the man on the rear who was now very deceased, and who was not a small individual by any means, had been spun 360 quite a few times through the small space between the shaft and both lift arms until another worker nearby ran over and shut the tractor's engine off.

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