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Oct 7, 2022 - 10:35:58 AM
1681 posts since 7/14/2004

I worked most of my adult life as a drill operator operating a wide variety of drilling machinery. Core drills, augers,  air rotary, cable-tool rigs and others. I have seen and personally experienced lots of injuries working around these machines. Broken bones, smashed hands and fingers, lacerations, back injuries, an epidemic of hearing loss.  One of my co workers was nearly cut in half at the waist when a break-out wrench spun around and hit him, pinning him between the wrench and drillers control station. Spinning drill rods are a constant danger. I know of two incidents in which crew members got their clothing tangled in the drill string and were wrapped around the drill rods.  One of these was fatal.

In all my years of experience I never imagined an incident such as the one in the linked news account.

Bizarre yes and gruesome and shocking, What a horrible way to go.


Oct 7, 2022 - 11:43:45 AM
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117841 posts since 11/7/2007

Yikes. That is horrible indeed. I feel for his grandfather.

A local landscaper had taken his two young sons to work with him on a day he was doing tree work. The younger son was somehow pulled into the wood chipper with some brush and killed instantly. I used to work with an arborist and the image of the wood chipper and chip truck being taken away on a flatbed covered with tarp still haunts me.

Oct 7, 2022 - 11:46:32 AM
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banjo bill-e


12584 posts since 2/22/2007

I would say that "killed instantly" is the best one could hope for in such a situation.

Oct 7, 2022 - 12:09:07 PM

11541 posts since 8/22/2006

Did the 22 year old fall in? Did he drop something of value and wanted to retrieve it like a cellphone? So many questions. Should the grandfather have been in contact with the grandson. I’ve see drilling on tv and the driller will shout out “drill coming down” and the ground crew will shout back “drill coming down.”

Oct 7, 2022 - 5:46:11 PM



36743 posts since 3/5/2008

I've been lucky...

It's not the blasting that gets most but the drilling dose....

Oct 7, 2022 - 7:08:54 PM



66978 posts since 10/5/2013

How,, ugly and disturbing.
I operated a Jack leg drill at Campbell Red Lake Gold Mines in NW Ontario back in 1973. Tricky to get the hang of….


Edited by - chuckv97 on 10/07/2022 19:09:22

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