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    Default Almost lost my hand today

    Guys,

    I know better and I am sure I am not the first to do something stupid but today I ended up with my hand between a large tree and the ROPS. I was helping out a friend clear part of their property to put in a fence and I was mowing over some small trees with my FEL when I ended up next to a larger one. It had branches that were hitting me in the face to I instinctivley reached out and pushed them back. I then had my hand on the tree itself and when I moved forward the ROPS pinned my hand to the tree. I imediately backed up to release it but the damage was done. Luckly, I didn't break my hand but right now it looks like a clown hand. I am sure tomorrow it will be worse. It looks like I ended up crushing a couple of veins as there was no cut but blood started to come through the skin on the surface.

    From now on, hands on the wheel of handles. Thank god I was wearing very heavy insulated work gloves.

    I lucked out this time, so I am going to try to make sure there is not a next time.

    Well, I'm in pain and it is hard to type so I am off to bed!.

    Cheers,
    2008 John Deere 2320 / CX200 Loader / SB1154 Rear Blower / RB2072 72" Rear Blade
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    Platinum Member JDeerekid's Avatar
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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    If your hand is that bad I hope you went to the doctors. I have seen and heard about to many people having strokes and dying because of blood clots.

    Hope your hand heals with no problems.
    Montana 4340C w/loader, AgroTrend FU78 rear snowblower with hydraulic shute rotation, Horst 48" pallet forks, 3pt. 2-bottom plow, 6ft. bush hog rotarty cutter, 3pt. Woods 7ft back blade, 3pt. cultivator, 5ft 3pt. york rake, 6' KKII tiller, JD494 4-row planter. Future attachments: backhoe, grapple

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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Sorry to hear about your accident. It only takes a split second to really do some damage. I saw a guy lose his arm once at a place I used to work. It always seems to be something you don't think about until it's too late. Keep that hand on ice and maybe you should get it x-rayed if it is swelling badly.
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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Just last week, I was pushing brush into a brush pile. I had the logs all laying lengthwise and decided to push some from the tops of the trees. Wrong thing to do, I started pushing the tops with the top of my fel level with the top of the hood. One of the branches slipped over the top of the fel and smacked me in the head. Wasn't a pleasant feeling. Lucky it wasn't a large branch.

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    Elite Member dodge man's Avatar
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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Thanks for posting that. I have been close to trees and will stick my hand out on the tree. I don't know why? It's not like I'm going to push the back end of the tractor away from the tree.

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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    i've done the same thing........man, i REALLY hate going to the Dr. etc, but it does sound like you should have it checked out.....

    i was using my FEL to push some brush in to the woods a couple of months ago, and one of the branches slipped up over the FEL bucket......branch about 1-1/2" in diameter....it stopped about 2" from my nose.....scared the crap out of me!
    TC45 Shuttle, 270 hours, 758C backhoe, 16LA loader

    Well, I looks like I just bought myself a lot of work.....

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    Super Star Member Thomas's Avatar
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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Yikes...hope you visit the doc if hand still giving pain today.
    Nasty events can happen very quickly...speedy recovery to you.

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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Well,

    It looks a little better this morning. I think I'm going to take the advice of others and my wife and head into the doctors today. I've broken many bones in my life doing other stupid things, so I'm pretty sure it is not broken.

    Dodge Man,

    I have no idea why putting my hand on the tree when close to it is an instinct but it is. I think it was because there was a hole there and the tractor was leaning toward the tree a bit. Your right though, as if my hand out is going to stop the tractor from moving closer.

    Lesson learned
    2008 John Deere 2320 / CX200 Loader / SB1154 Rear Blower / RB2072 72" Rear Blade
    (Sold) 08 Kubota BX25 /54" MMM / 48" LP BB/ Bro-Tek skid plates / Bro-Tek Thumb/

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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Sorry about your hand and hope it doesn't have permanent damage. It is so easy to "mess up". I had worked my landscape rake for several hours a couple of days ago to prepare some land for grass seed. Supposed to rain today so yesterday I hooked the Fergueson overseeder to my BX2350 and was laying down the grass seed. I was doing some watching behind me and also trying not to hit my small trees. This one tree was at the edge of my property and I was trying to get close to it and around it. I kept coming up to it and when I would stop the end of one of the branches was about 2" from my face. This happened a couple of times and I began talking to myself of how stupid can I be to keep doing the same thing. Did I want to punture an eyeball? I've also had several small branches smack me in the back of the head when they hit the rops and slide off into my head. I'm always shocked with the old "where did that come from?". Tractors are great tools but we need to always be attentive to how close we are to stuff down low and up high and at face level. The rops can bring the up high stuff to face level really quick.
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    Default Re: Almost lost my hand today

    Quote Originally Posted by dodge man View Post
    Thanks for posting that. I have been close to trees and will stick my hand out on the tree. I don't know why? It's not like I'm going to push the back end of the tractor away from the tree.
    This is called male super-hero thinking. I do it when carrying a mattress on the roof of my car. I always put my arm out the window and help hold the mattress down, like I could stop something the size of a sheet of plywood from flying off the roof of the car at 50mph with one arm. As Jerry Seinfeld says: Batman, Spiderman and Superman aren't fantasies for men, they're options.
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