Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Hazards of the Job

Last week after we were able to dry out for a day or two, Assistant Superintendent David Carlson went to mow outside the fence along Holmes road. Everything was going smoothly until his last pass.... That's when the trouble started. The Jacobsen turfcat started to slip on the hill, it was stuck. He turned off the blades, and proceeded to raise the deck, at this moment he could tell he was in serious trouble. The mower started leaning and at that moment he had to decide to bail  and run for the fence. As he got to the fence he turned around in time to see the mower begin its trip down the hill.  He told me that it never hit the ground when it flipped down the hill. Luckily everyone was safe and we were able to push the mower back on its side. All we had to do was get the rear tire filled with air, put some much needed oil into the motor that was lost. And then with about 5 mins of blowing out pure white smoke this piece of machinery was back to normal. Something like this doesn't happen everyday but we always have to be on our toes in this profession because you never know when something like this can cause you problems.

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