Farmer doesn't take injured son to ho...

Farmer doesn't take injured son to hospital; rescuers say trip ...

There are 21 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 15, 2009, titled Farmer doesn't take injured son to hospital; rescuers say trip .... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

When Jason Appel inhaled a blast of anhydrous ammonia in a farm field Tuesday evening, his father, Don, was ready to put him in a pickup truck and drive him to the hospital in Mankato.

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poor guy

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Apr 15, 2009
prayers going up for this man

“mnnewsjunkie”

Since: Apr 09

New Richland

#2 Apr 15, 2009
Many good thoughts towards a speedy recovery.
LEC

Saint Michael, MN

#3 Apr 15, 2009
I'm glad the ambulance made it there quickly
Farmers For Life

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 15, 2009
This and many other farm accidents
only solidifies the many dangers our
farmers go through every season.

They are at most times out there alone
and on an island with time & distance
a matter of life or death for them.

It's a good thing this story was
told and hopefully the outcome of the
recovery for his boy is good.
Interested reader

Bellingham, MN

#5 Apr 15, 2009
They make safety equipment for this chemical. Full face shields, gloves, coveralls ect. Was this being used properly?
Come on farmers.......... get safe.
mnremar

United States

#6 Apr 15, 2009
Interested reader wrote:
They make safety equipment for this chemical. Full face shields, gloves, coveralls ect. Was this being used properly?
Come on farmers.......... get safe.
As a fellow farmer, all the personal protective equipment out there can't keep everyone safe. If the wind is in just the right direction and gusts at the right time the vapors can get past a full face shield. It doesn't take much of any chemical to cause problems.
BillB St Paul

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Apr 15, 2009
mnremar wrote:
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As a fellow farmer, all the personal protective equipment out there can't keep everyone safe. If the wind is in just the right direction and gusts at the right time the vapors can get past a full face shield. It doesn't take much of any chemical to cause problems.
Then there is this concept called common sense. If a wind or breeze and using chem then don't do it. So many people just plain don't use common sense. Read the labels. If this was such a danger when all precautions are used then how come more are not dead from it ???? Still it is a loss, sorry for that.
Alt

Cannon Falls, MN

#8 Apr 15, 2009
My son use to work with that stuff in commercial refrigeration, there are times all the safety equipment just doesnÂ’t work especially if you have to stick your head in cramped quarters or an unexpected leak occurs in an expected place, bad stuff, sure glad he changed jobs even though the pay was excellent. I feel for these farmers that have to use this stuff.

“Jaywalking”

Since: Oct 08

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Apr 15, 2009
mnremar wrote:
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As a fellow farmer, all the personal protective equipment out there can't keep everyone safe. If the wind is in just the right direction and gusts at the right time the vapors can get past a full face shield. It doesn't take much of any chemical to cause problems.
I agree. My family started farming in the 1890s. For every protection, something else occurs.

We had neighbors that died in tractor turnovers (after driving for 40 years with no accident), repairing tractor tires, etc.

And they will keep on happening. Be safe.

Since: Jul 08

Brooklyn Park

#10 Apr 16, 2009
First Responder literature has tons of pictures of injuries, and the best source for these pictures is the huge library of farm accidents. My grandfather lost his arm in farm machinery when he was just a boy. Child labor laws aside, farmers are in a dangerous "field". Never make fun of a farmer with your mouth full.
mnremar

United States

#11 Apr 16, 2009
Labratt wrote:
First Responder literature has tons of pictures of injuries, and the best source for these pictures is the huge library of farm accidents. My grandfather lost his arm in farm machinery when he was just a boy. Child labor laws aside, farmers are in a dangerous "field". Never make fun of a farmer with your mouth full.
AMEN!!!!!!!!!!
mnremar

United States

#12 Apr 16, 2009
BillB St Paul wrote:
<quoted text>Then there is this concept called common sense. If a wind or breeze and using chem then don't do it. So many people just plain don't use common sense. Read the labels. If this was such a danger when all precautions are used then how come more are not dead from it ???? Still it is a loss, sorry for that.
There have been times that I will be out working when the wind is dead calm and all of a sudden a gust comes up and I can't just drop what I'm doing. Even if there is a wind and it is in the right direction the wind can shift direction unexpectedly.
Working Mom

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Apr 16, 2009
Why are these farmers spraying toxic chemicals
on their land? What is so vitally important to them that they put their lives at risk? And no telling what it is doing with the environment!

“Jaywalking”

Since: Oct 08

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Apr 16, 2009
Working Mom wrote:
Why are these farmers spraying toxic chemicals
on their land? What is so vitally important to them that they put their lives at risk? And no telling what it is doing with the environment!
What is vitally important to the farmer is your desire to keep a constant source of food at the ready.
Just sayin

Stillwater, MN

#15 Apr 16, 2009
Working Mom wrote:
Why are these farmers spraying toxic chemicals
on their land? What is so vitally important to them that they put their lives at risk? And no telling what it is doing with the environment!
My guess is because people like to eat.
Interested reader

Bellingham, MN

#16 Apr 16, 2009
Working Mom wrote:
Why are these farmers spraying toxic chemicals
on their land? What is so vitally important to them that they put their lives at risk? And no telling what it is doing with the environment!
Ask yourself that same question at lunch today.
Dee Howe

Mesa, AZ

#17 Apr 16, 2009
Unfortunately, this is common in the non-farming sector now, too. As Missouri knows, those making Meth and using anhydrous have succumbed to it's lethal compound.
God bless this family; and in spite of the severity of this kids injuries--they truely are lucky.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#18 Apr 16, 2009
Someone has to complain about the headline! At first glance, sounds like "Cheapskate Farmer Hands Son Bandage" or something.

A better version would be, "Farmer Wisely Calls Ambulance, Foregoes Pickup Ride to ER." First impressions rule!

“Jaywalking”

Since: Oct 08

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 16, 2009
Madaman wrote:
Someone has to complain about the headline! At first glance, sounds like "Cheapskate Farmer Hands Son Bandage" or something.
A better version would be, "Farmer Wisely Calls Ambulance, Foregoes Pickup Ride to ER." First impressions rule!
I agree. That title was misleading.
Andy

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Apr 16, 2009
Working Mom wrote:
Why are these farmers spraying toxic chemicals
on their land? What is so vitally important to them that they put their lives at risk? And no telling what it is doing with the environment!
The food that you shovel in your mouth on a daily basis. The environment? Good God...grow your S then.

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