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Feb 12, 2006
Central New Hampshire
Kubota B3030HSDC
Woman Killed in 'Freak' Lawnmower Accident - Australia | New Zealand | Indonesia | Map - FOXNews.com

A woman was killed while walking to work Wednesday after she was struck in the head by a flying piece of steel in a freak lawnmowing accident in north Queensland, Australia.
The 42-year-old was walking along a path in Townsville, just after 8 a.m. local time when she was hit by the piece of pipe, the Townsville Bulletin reported.
It is thought that a slasher, a tool used to clear bushes and grassland, being towed by a small tractor ran over the pipe, which had been hidden in long grass.
The tractor was mowing a vacant block next to a Liquor Land bottle store and was believed to be operated by a private contractor.
An ambulance was called at 8:12 a.m. but the woman died instantly.
It was initially thought a mower blade caused the fatal injuries.
A distraught witness described the tragic event as a "freak accident
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The Aussies may not have as many lawyers over there.

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There has been many a debate on this forum about the use or non-use of debris guards on rotary cutters, AKA; bush hogs or slashers. My fear of something like this happening is why I have the chain guards on the front and rear of my rotary cutter. This is a very sad loss of life.
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Chain guards might have helped. But brush-hogging when people are around is not something I would be part of doing.

Just to watch some people mowing their lawns with people (and children playing) nearby makes me cringe.
I stopped to chew out one guy who was mowing his lawn with his child (about 2) in a kids wagon being towed behind his mower (yes while mowing). All it would take would be a sparkler wire, a small stone, a piece of glass, or a stick to poke a hole or put out an eye. Wasn't my place to do that, but couldn't help at least pointing out the danger to him. He objected, but I didn't care. At least after that he knew.