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Discussion in 'Arboricultural Injuries and Fatalities' started by jim hougen, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. jim hougen

    jim hougen New Member

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    over confident and careless. I did tree work for 18 years got careless for a minuet and fell 27 feet. Hit the ground a very fit 48 year old man. left the hospital 3 1/2 moths later a broken down old man. I was not paying attention when I hooked up to rappelling device. heard my caribbener on d ring heard it click and did not visually verify my attachment point. rappelled out with one hand on the rope left my figure 8 in the tree
     
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    LoveStihlQuality Addicted to ArboristSite

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    A second can change a life or end it. You are alive to tell after horrendous fall. God bless.
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    derwoodii Tree Freak

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    i came so close to joining you many years back,, always look confirm one time i did not i'd snapped into my shirt & not harness ring.. A reason i prefer to have snug clothing on aloft no loose shirts over harness rings and snaps.

    your grief & story sir will focus some others minds and may save lives...
     
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    tidy ArboristSite Operative

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    ^ I think many could share a close call like that i know that its happened to me as well whilst being too relaxed/complacent in the tree. Sorry to hear you suffered the consequences Jim, best wishes.
     
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    ropensaddle Feel Lucky

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    Some, likely most of us have made similar mistakes and the tree Gods gave us a break so we caught it. No ones perfect. I had several close calls in my day but i'm now too old to remember them vividly. Like several have posted at least you lived and 48 is young brother.
     
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    Cycledude ArboristSite Operative

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    Very sorry to hear you got hurt. Thanks for telling the story it’s a very good reminder for everyone !
     
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