Went A Round With A Landing Gear Crank Handle...

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Bird-One's Comment
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And got a 1-2 combo. Got a chunk taken out of my forehead and finished off with a bop on the crown of my nose. This is what happens when you let your guard down for a millisecond.

Basically, I was at our customer in Central Indiana and was making good time so I wanted to keep it going. Dropped my empty and saw my load was extremely close to another one. I saw the trailer was a little high so I briefly went looking for the spotter but to no avail so decided to "get it done" and start cranking it was somewhat. It was a newer trailer so thought maybe id have a shot of being able to lower it.

I had to shuffle towards it sideways between the trailers grabbed the handle with both hands, and pushed one rotation until i could only push with my left. At just past 180 degrees, about 240 more like I thought I heard that "pop" went to grab it with my right and it slipped out of my glove. Before I could comprehend what was happening i was seeing black spots down on my knee with blood pouring into my eye and down my nose. Forgot to mention it was raining hard.

Walked back to the shack, safety manager came out who was also trained responder, and bandaged me up. Let this be a lesson to any noob or soon to be driver. When it comes to anything you do out here, really take your time and think about what you are doing when it comes to safety.


Bruce K.'s Comment
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Ouch! You mean the handle self rotated? I'm a little unclear exactly what happened. That gash looks like it needs stitches.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Ouch! I have had the handle kick back like that and catch me in the chest. Not fun! No stitches required, so all is good, and you have a new beauty mark.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Glad your ok!

I was trying to crank a trailer up that was too low I pushed down on the handle and it folded i ended up my back looking up. Luckily there was no trailer next to me or i would have hit my head.

PackRat's Comment
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Scars are cool! They tell other people stories of lessons in life. Judging by that picture, you’ll have a couple of new ones. OUCH! Don’t do it that way again! Hope you heal up and learn from that experience.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Sounds like you went WAY LESS than a round!

Glad it wasn't worse. Thanks for sharing!

Bird-One's Comment
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Yeah Bruce just did a complete 180 back into my forehead. I'll get a gnarly scar from that's for Sure. This happened on Thursday, today it's pretty sore and pretty have a black eye. O well.

Ouch! You mean the handle self rotated? I'm a little unclear exactly what happened. That gash looks like it needs stitches.

Tractor Man's Comment
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That gash looks like it needs stitches.

Nah..........a little super glue and duct tape will fix that right up!


Marc Lee's Comment
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Bird... Vitamin E (liquid gels) and/or Aloevera (direct from a plant cutting best) will help with healing and minimize scaring.

Crazy Glue (holding my surgical scars together) is finally off. Been cutting "leaves" off an overgrown plant I inherited and applying it several times a day. Scars will be almost invisible by the time I am able to start driving again...

Once grabbed handles on a pot which just came out of a oven (375ish F for almost an hour). Actually stuck to my hand for a bit. Was expecting blisters, puss, etc.. Ice and fresh-cut aloe and it barely looked like a minor burn. I swear by the stuff!

Robsteeler's Comment
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Wow. I hope you feel better. I had an issue with the crank yesterday. Somehow I wrenched my back. I got on one of those massaging chairs last night on the turnpike and it really helped! Getting old isn’t for sissies! 😂


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