I almost died today at my local salvage yard. I was looking around for a decent garden tractor project as Im in need of something that can pull a trailer big enough for me to load up with canadian thistles and locust saplings over ten acres. Thats why im not using one of my two 4x4 trucks. Im not dealing with the flats and thorns in the beds.
But I did find one, a poulon pro 25hp 54in that had a crushed dash and smashed hood. But the motor was all in one piece, the rear end didnt have leak evidence all over it. Deck looked amazing. Even had all the mulcher/bagger lips under the rim. Spindles all worked smoothly. All the tires had air and under 1000 hours on the meter. Nice bonus.
Well, it was sitting behind a large trac hoe they used for unloading trucks. Bucket big enough to bathe in. I watched an employee walk up to it. Walking in my direction to it. Ok, he sees me. Hes used to checking his surroundings and knows Im here. I look in the cab when he starts it. I see his face. Ok, he can still see me. He lifts the bucket and turns, grabbing a junked out 2008ish chevy suburban off a trailer.
I step about six foot from the tractor. The suburban landed on top if the tractor. The operator freaks out and shuts the machine down. I hold my hands out in a "Really?" sign. I yelled at him that if there are customers in the yard he needs to look all around the machine before working.
Granted, I could of waved or said something. Im reaponsible for my safety. Thats why I moved. But if that had been somebody else, it could of been worse. Also serves as a reminder to who reads this to make sure to check around your machine and watch out for machines working near you.