Comments for: Man working on vehicle taken to EMMC after SUV falls on him

Posted Sept. 18, 2012, at 12:27 p.m.

EDDINGTON | An employee at S & S Auto Sales in Eddington walked away after the vehicle he was working on slipped off its jack and fell on top of him Tuesday, according to a sheriff’s deputy who responded to the call. Darren Smith, 44, was under an SUV …

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  • Anonymous

    Very lucky man! Never but never trust a jack!

    • Anonymous

       Or a Jill!

      • Anonymous

        Especially a red haired Jill……..:-)

  • Anonymous

    We all get complacent and think  that jack will hold i am just going to be a minute.Use jack stands and secure anything  you get under.

  • Anonymous

    I used to change my own oil but I quit doing that many years ago after nearly getting killed with a jack that sank into the driveway pavement…weak spot.  It was a Chevy Suburban.

  • Anonymous

    A wonderful young friend of mine lost his life that way when his truck slipped the jack and it fell on him.  What a tragedy!!!
     

  • Hope he recovers soon.  Am sure he’ll take a few minutes more and block things up real good before he gets under another car or truck.  Some folks don’t get a second chance with things like that.

  • Anonymous

    Rule # 1 – Block it if you intend to get under it.
    Rule # 2 – See rule #1.

    • Anonymous

       I’m not a mechanic, nor do I ever want to play one. What does ‘blocking it’ mean?

      • Scott Harriman

        It means using wood blocking, jack stands or other solid objects to hold the weight of the vehicle.

        Rule #1 of auto mechanics:  NEVER go under a vehicle that is held up only by a jack.

        • Anonymous

           Thanks Scott!

  • Scott Harriman

    It sounds like someone will be getting an OSHA visit soon.

    The only automotive experience I have is two years of vocational high school and even I know to never go under a vehicle without jack stands.

    An experienced mechanic should know better.

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