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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:12 AM

 Just a few weeks ago, I posted about how the Rock dairy farm near us got hit by a tornado.  This tornado hit just a couple weeks after their father passed away, adding to their grief.  Well, just yesterday, Gary Rock, who had bought out his brothers a while back, got caught in his silage chopper trying to free a clogged chopper head.  It cut his legs off well above the knees, but he is alive, and hopefully will heal up, but his life is never going to be the same.  I've known the Rock brothers most all my life.  They kind of stick to themselves, so I've never been close friends, but friends never the less.  Sure shook me when I heard of this just this morning.  Those that do, please remember this family in your prayers, as they most certainly will need it.  They repaired their tornado damaged parlor & just brought their cows back home this past Monday.  I figure his younger brother Mark, will step in to operate the dairy.  Mark & he parted business a year ago on bad terms, but I am hoping Mark will put this aside, at least till something can be figured out.  So tragic & sad.  It goes without saying this should never have happened, as Gary knows how dangerous it is to deal with live equipment, but it happened, so all we can do is hope/pray for the best.

  


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:20 AM

A tragedy indeed. And an avoidable one at that. Lock it out guys and be safe.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:24 AM

Family on the list of souls to pray for tonight. Hope the family can come back together.
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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:41 AM

Man, hate to hear stuff like that.

We lost our neighbor farmer back in late 80's I think. He was running corn up a screw auger up into the dryer, bent down to use hand to sweep grain into shute, auger caught his un-buttoned sleeve and pulled him. His dad found him in auger, he was never the same.

The two other brothers run it now, but just a shame to hear.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:41 AM

They are on the list!! Hate when things like this happen!  But it is a rminder to all of us, that it takes less than a second of inattention to cause an accident when operating machinery.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:43 AM

Sorry to hear about that dan..  Farm equipment accidents are deadly and almost always avoidable!  Be CAREFUL folks and learn from his friends accident..  gary & his family & friends are in my thoughts & prayers..  :(


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Boy, that is sad news. Just makes my skin crawl thinking about it. I hope he recovers quickly and he and his brother are able to make things right with each other. They are going to have to be a team now. 

Give them our best when you see them.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:48 AM

So sorry to hear this Daniel.  Tragic. :(


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 12:02 PM

So so sorry to hear the story, farm life is hard enough without that....  will be praying for them all.

Thanks for sharing.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 12:07 PM

Sorry to hear about your neighbor Daniel :( prayers will be said for the family


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 12:24 PM

Maybe we should put this under the safety forum.  Sorry to hear about this tragedy especially if it could have been avoided.  A lot of what we do is potentially dangerous and when you couple that with the larger machinery the safety factor becomes 2 fold.  I do hope the brothers can make a mends and work together as a team.  We will keep them in our thought's

 

Once again friends let's keep safety foremost in our minds.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 12:41 PM

That's very sad Daniel. I'm guessing he was pushed for time and took a risk. We all do that at some point. Time pressure is a big safety hazard, perhaps the biggest one because it's impossible to protect ourselves from all of the mistakes it causes us to make.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 01:40 PM

Got better info from my feed rep today.  They buy feed from the same company, so Ricky (feed rep) knows them well.  Ricky had been to their farm earlier in the week, and whatever Gary was doing to un-jam the header, Gary was doing the day Ricky stopped by their place.  Ricky kept telling Gary he was nuts to do whatever he was doing (Ricky didn't elaborate) and he was gonna get hurt or worse, but Gary didn't listen.  Gary & Darrell (another local dairyman) had went in partners on this used chopper & had been having issues with it since.  The knives that cut the corn stalks are rotary sharp round "slicers" if you will, just like ours uses.  Gary lost very little blood, so is all that kept him from dying.  Ricky went out to the field after this happened, and said a nose bleed can lose more blood.   Darrell was first to arrive and found Gary laying there talking on his cell phone, one leg still slightly attached, the other under the header.  Major surgery today, but not looking to be able to reattach the limbs.


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 01:54 PM

Terrible tragedy that didn't have to happen. I have done things like that when I was younger and look back now and wonder if I was that lucky or the good Lord was watching over me. Scares me now thinking of some of those things. My Family and I will keep the whole family in our PRAYERS !!


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Posted August 30, 2013 - 02:18 PM

Just the sound of those silage choppers gives me the willies. Used to hear them running around here but now it is pretty rare. Same with the silage blowers. Times change I guess. 






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