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Brad Stout Could this tragedy have been prevented 02/27/2014 @ 2:55pm I can't express enough the heart felt empathy for Johns family because of this tragedy. I don't know what the details were of the incident, if rotating machinery was involved or not. I do know as the statistics mentioned in this article bear out there are many cases of people working alone and getting caught up in machinery on the farm. This next bit may look like pure promotion. It's not but I dont really care what it sounds like I could not let this go with out saying there is a series of devices out there that could prevent countless lives and limbs from being lost, perhaps even this death. A friend, who is himself a farmer and who had a similar experience he survived invented a device that allows the operator of equipment to shut that equipment down even if he is being sucked into it. It at least gives them a chance. The devices are Fox-Paws emergency shutoffs. They work but the operator wearing on his person a shutdown button, around his neck on a lanyard or on his belt, somewhere he can get at it. Much like the famous "I 've fallen and I cant get up" device the elderly use to get help in an emergency. When activated the Fox-Paws device shuts down the equipment immediately. Would this have saved John? I don't know. As I said I don't know all the circumstances, but in many many cases it would. The inventor is Ted Lacy an Idaho farmer who saw a need, made one and was himself saved at least major injury. Once he was spared injury he thought every farm operation should have these, and has tried to promote it to the farm community so far with out much success. I don't get it to me it's a no brainer. Some my consider them expensive but how much is a human life worth? Especially if it's one of your family. Again I may seem to be shamelessly promoting a friend but folks you should at least look at his website to decide if you need these on your farm equipment. the life you save could be your own or one of you family members. http://www.redfoxenterprises.com or call Ted Lacy directly 208-231-5860 I hope this comment saves someone heartbreak. Brad Stout Spokane WA.

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