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Old 28 September 2009, 11:24   #1
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Nasty trailer accident!!!

Well I managed to own my trailer for about 14hrs before it claimed it's 1st victim..........

A mate of mine was helping me move the trailer - or was about to. I suddenly heard a shout of - "get it off me get it off".

As I had been moving the LR he had been examining the trailer - one hand on the jockey wheel screw jack - he had a blond moment and released the quick release clamp. there must be about 100kg of nose weight on this trailer - it shot straight down and he managed to impale his hand with the winch ratchet release. It could only happen to him.

It went straight through the back of his hand and out the other side. I used a trolley jack to lift it off him and straight to A+E. By some miracle it had missed everything vital - hardly any blood - no bone or tendon damage and no blood vessel damage either.

They kept him in last night and still haven't done the op today although don't think he really needs one.

Definitely a fluke and what an ouch moment - went through me as well.........

Here you can see the catch - it was pointing down when it happened. You can see his blood on it as well - wouldn't let me photograph his hand!!!

Docs were fascinated by the pics and started talking RIBs.
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Old 28 September 2009, 11:32   #2
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Poor fella!
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Old 28 September 2009, 14:34   #3
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OOooh feck! That made me cross my legs, wince and everything! Ouch. Yucky injury.
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Old 28 September 2009, 14:45   #4
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Has this guy never seen a trailer before?
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Old 28 September 2009, 14:51   #5
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Oh, ouch.... ...hope he gets mended soon. Is the opp to fix it or just to clean out the inside?

If this happened the way I think (one hand on the black knob/handle, other hand undoes the L-shaped clamp - wt of trailer drives "pointy" part of winch through hand on black knob) then was it:
  • a freak accident (requiring all the things to be in the wrong place at the wrong time) that probably couldn't be forseen
  • a careless accident that could easily be forseen and ANYONE using the jockey quick release would immediately see as a risk
  • a well known risk that other trailers have the same problem with?
I am trying to understand if there is something that you, or others here, need to think about doing to stop someone else getting their hand trapped.
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Old 28 September 2009, 14:56   #6
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Yeah there is Polwart! Stay away from codders! He's a jinx
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Get a bottle of peroxide for him, as I fell to see how you could accidentally release the jockey clamp accidentally, without thinking there would be an outcome, such as this.

Get him to buy a lotto ticket, his luck might still be in ...
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Old 28 September 2009, 15:18   #8
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He is fairly used to trailers - has helped me with a car transporter many times. he is known for his blond moments - attention span not the best. just didn't think I suppose. That and seriously bad luck the jockey handle in just the wrong position!!!

Bloody NHS - poor bloke has been in for 24hrs now - no food and in agony - they only doing an exploratory - thing will be healing by now.
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Ouch, glad to hear nothing broken etc.
All the best for a speedy recovrey!

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Sort of thing we ALL do once or twice ............ as you say blond moment when just not thinking ..........
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