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What is the scariest health-related issue you have had to deal with during an event?

Discussion in 'Snow Management Safety & Training' started by Michael J. Donovan, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,269

    When you are out in the elements performing snow removal, ice management, spreading salt, etc., what is the scariest health-related issue you have had to deal with during an event?

    And, how did you deal with it?
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    From a mental health standpoint I think most guys experience stress and anxiety before a storm. Even folks who have been doing this for decades still get nervous. The stress does seem to fade a little bit as the years pass by.

    Usually with beer :drinkup:

    SHAWZER PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,288

    Ha Ha Ha X 2 . Thumbs Up
  4. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    Mostly back issues and losing my mind past the 12-14 hour straight mark. All of which is cured by ibuprofen, coffee, and getting out of the truck to run some laps after a few hours.
  5. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    My personal health concerns are always stress and dehydration.

    Try to deal with the stress by always planning. Trying to expect the unexpected and have plans in place to deal with it.

    As far as dehydration I try to stock up with cases of water ahead of time so I don't have to ever make any pitstops. Stay away from soda, caffeine is only a temporary help, the crash is worse than being tired.
  6. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    For me it would be a slip & fall by an employee, luckily it was nothing more then a bruise or two, for me it would be sore back & once I slipped and tweeked my knee & groin. All I can do & tell the guys to be carefull, watch your step & don't race around. I've also notified customers that they need to salt so we can safely shovel, since they were doing the salting.
  7. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    Honestly, the only real "issue" I had was having to sprint through knee high snow to hide behind an electrical box to um.....well......to put my back against a building. Yeah.......that's it.
  8. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,988

    I hoard napkins in the glove box for that exact reason. Lost too many good pairs of extra socks over the years.
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Problem I have,I just get fat plowing.
  10. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,269

    ok, other than those "issues" :laughing: any other real health issues that you've had to deal with?
  11. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,681

    Chronic migraine and TIA. Luckily TIA did not occur during snow event but the headaches can be a real pain if I don't pay attention to the warning signs. Have to carry EpiPens. Been TIA free for almost two years and got migraines down to 5-6 a year, much better than 5-6 a week.

    Been lucky not to have to hide behind any electrical boxes. Thumbs Up
  12. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    At least he didnt get zapped while behind that electrical box :)
  13. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    Did a Looney Toons half backflip where my feet flew out from underneath me so that I landed on the back of my head. Woke up lying on some black ice with a bucket of sidewalk salt beside me. I was disoriented and had a big knot so ended up in the ER that night, just to be on the safe side.

    Wife was pretty nervous as a guy in town had fallen the week before, had similar symptoms, and decided to sleep it off, but never woke up.
  14. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    Never had a real health issue other than fatigue. Lucky in that regard.
  15. truckitup

    truckitup Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Mine is, forgetting to take my, Kidney Transplant Med’s every 12 hours so that I stay alive. Hell I have to plow to pay for them.
  16. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    A couple years ago after plowing for hours with our 4430 john deere tractor, I stepped across from the cab to the front tire to fuel it up and when I stepped back to the cab, yup I missed. Bounced off both steps with my ribs and back. I think it was a combination of being tired, fatigue in the legs and poor vision.
  17. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,923

    1986 had an appendix rupture during an Event.....Plowed a couple of more hours than drove myself to the ER.....:drinkup:

    Broken Collar Bone last Year.....After the event went to the urgent care and they loaded me up with some pills that made it all better.....:laughing:
  18. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Hurt my pride once. We were all kind of making fun of some of 'the big company's" operators plowing the shopping mall next door. I went to climb down off the skid steer trailer and missed a step. Flat on my back looking up at the night sky. Of course the other guys laughed, hell I would've too if it'd been someone else.
  19. RSE

    RSE Member
    Messages: 90

    Backing out into a busy street, neck turned all the way to the right like an owl scouting for on coming cars when, CRASH, truck hits the curb and bounces high into the air. I fell back into the seat straight down with my neck turned at full speed. Thought I was paralyzed....kept backing up to the driveway across the street and spent 20 mins uncracking my spine. I actually saw spots flashing so much pain.
  20. accentlawn

    accentlawn Member
    Messages: 50

    Years ago while working for a company I had a man on my crew have a seizure. Luckily the site's security was trained for medical emergencies. Now I ask if people are epileptic. Lack of sleep and not eating at certain intervals can trigger a seizure.