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Old 05-17-19, 12:19 PM
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Always cary a pen-knife

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48278319

"Trapped Nebraska farmer cuts off leg with pen knife"

I wonder if they will make a feature-length movie out of this, like the one about the guy in Canyonlands who got pinned down by a bolder until he cut himself free?


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Heard about that on the news the other day. I guess it's better than being totally sucked into the machine and completely turned into minced meat.

Someone should make a swiss army / pen knife app. That'd learn them dang milennials right quick!

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Old 05-17-19, 12:55 PM
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Mr Kaser said he had removed a safety covering at the end of the auger in the winter to make the equipment fit under a grain bin, and told ABC News he was "kind of disappointed in myself that I didn't think of fixing that thing".

"But that's why they call it accidents I guess."

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I used to shovel wheat into an auger when I was about 13 through 15 years old every summer at my uncles place in Seminole Texas. I'm still trying to figure out how the hell he stepped into it.

Falling off tractors that pull a disk plow or something across you is what I worried about out there. That and rattlesnakes while hoeing. Baby rattlers sound like locusts but I heard that sound many times before realizing what it was by turning over a thistle when I chopped it and it was under the shade of it about 10 to 15 inches from my foot. Probably too far to reach me but I reached him right away alright!
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48278319

"Trapped Nebraska farmer cuts off leg with pen knife"

I wonder if they will make a feature-length movie out of this, like the one about the guy in Canyonlands who got pinned down by a bolder until he cut himself free?


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That's one tough man.

I'd be surprised they make a feature length film about a farmer having a farming accident. Too much like a typical industrial accident to make an adventure story out of it.

I could see maybe Hollywood making one of their "inspired by" movies that has a plot that has nothing to do with that farmer's life, as long as Mark Wahlberg gets signed on as the lead as a one legged retired spec ops sniper recon Texas ranger astronaut.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:52 PM
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Amputating trapped limbs, and of course, the emergency tracheotomy - don't leave home without it.
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Somebody lost an arm around here to an auger. Don't go near one with loose fitting clothes. In fact, it's better to just be naked, unless you're well endowed.
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Old 05-17-19, 07:05 PM
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Not the first time that's happened. Probably won't be the last. Several years ago a teenager working on his family's farm got his arm torn off by the tractor's unguarded PTO. Kid managed to hack off the remaining bit of the limb and hobble home without bleeding to death.

My cousin was devoted to a classic tractor that was made before anyone thought to guard the spinning power takeoff. When he fired it up he'd leave it running all day, sometimes all weekend, because it was so difficult to restart. Kids and dogs running nearby that thing. Terrifying. But my experience and war stories as a former occupational safety investigator meant nothing.

I remember one of my most horrific work fatality investigations. Young man at a plastics recycling/extruding plant was helping bag up debris off the floor and started clowning around. He got inside the big trash bag, which was fiber reinforced to prevent tearing, while his buddy swept debris into the bag. The guy backed into an exposed mill end spinning at umpteen thousand RPM. It snagged the bag, which closed around the guy's body leaving only the head exposed. The machine whipped his entire body around at blurring speed, pulverizing him and spattering gore everywhere including over his horrified co-workers.

I tried using those stories on family and friends who ignore safety precautions but nobody ever believes it'll happen to them.
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Old 05-17-19, 07:31 PM
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For the curious...This happened out in an out of the way place called Pender, Nebraska. I've ridden through there. Large-sized burg (in these parts) of about 1,000 people last I knew...So a practical reality got left off the BBC story...

The farmer was working alone on his 1,500-acre (607-hectare) property on 19 April when the accident occurred.

Unable to find his phone to call for help, Mr Kaser watched as the machine tore his foot off and mangled his lower leg as it pulled him further inside.
There's NO CELL SERVICE up there. Doesn't matter if he had his cell or not, you'll be lucky to get enough signal to even dial 911. Most of the time, up there your phone is a signal-less brick.
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Old 05-17-19, 08:33 PM
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I live in rural Nebraska, and yeah farming accidents like this are not that uncommon. Actually there was another very similar accident near me last month. A 16 year old young man feeding cows, slipped into an auger. He didn't make it out, he was killed and not found till later that night.
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Old 05-17-19, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I wonder if they will make a feature-length movie out of this,
They already did... Well, a whole series of movies.

Watch the first Mad Max movie.

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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
For the curious...This happened out in an out of the way place called Pender, Nebraska. I've ridden through there. Large-sized burg (in these parts) of about 1,000 people last I knew...So a practical reality got left off the BBC story...



There's NO CELL SERVICE up there. Doesn't matter if he had his cell or not, you'll be lucky to get enough signal to even dial 911. Most of the time, up there your phone is a signal-less brick.
And even if he did have service, it's not like he could dial 911 and they'd come turn the machine off before it ate his foot.
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Old 05-18-19, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
They already did... Well, a whole series of movies.

Watch the first Mad Max movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2x8RhadlpA
But . . . that's "Always carry a hacksaw."
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Old 05-18-19, 10:00 AM
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I actually bought this on DVD shortly after it came out (and flopped).

There is only so much drama you can squeeze out of a self-amputation.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I actually bought this on DVD shortly after it came out (and flopped).

There is only so much drama you can squeeze out of a self-amputation.
Indeed.

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The next day was hangin’ day, the sky was overcast and black
Big Jim lay covered up, killed by a penknife in the back
And Rosemary on the gallows, she didn’t even blink
The hangin’ judge was sober, he hadn’t had a drink
The only person on the scene missin’ was the Jack of Hearts
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And even if he did have service, it's not like he could dial 911 and they'd come turn the machine off before it ate his foot.
You know...I was thinking along lines like that when I had a tour rest day in Yaak in the isolated northwestern corner of Montana. There is no cell phone service and no police. The nearest thing resembling a hospital is 40 miles away if you take the partial dirt road option. 57 miles if you go the all paved route. I was thinking that if you were to suffer a major injury or medical event like a stroke or heart attack you could be in serious trouble. Don't know what MediVac services are available.
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This thread has made every place I have had surgery on hurt good thing I was under when they carved on me.
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The penknife is not mightier than the sword.
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Can I carry a jack knife instead? A pen knife is for cutting quills.
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I'm thinking of carrying my lockblade while riding so I can cut myself free if I have an industrial biking accident.

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