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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:07 PM   #1
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This is in todays news , some of you maybe know this guy.


Man dies after being struck by metal from tow strap

HEATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. A Holland man died after being struck in the head with a piece of metal that was attached to the end of a tow strap being used to pull a truck from the mud in Allegan County.
The sheriff's department says 33-year-old Jonathan Blystra was among a group of friends driving four-wheel drive trucks through a mud bog in Heath Township yesterday when his truck became stuck.

The group tried to free Blystra's truck with a tow strap attached to another truck, but the strap broke.

The piece of metal went thorough the windshield of Blystra's truck, striking him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:43 PM   #2
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Who was arguing about the use of tow straps with hooks????


That is an unfortuanate incident.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:49 PM   #3
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It didn't make any mention about hooks, but who in there right mind would use one then.

He was prolly using a D ring, Those fail too ya know.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:52 PM   #4
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straps can easily be looped together. Sure, sometimes they can be a pain to seperate, but it's better to give away the strap vs. your life.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #5
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Always make sure the D-ring is rated for twice hat the strap is, better to have the strap fail than the D-ring.. and just forget about using hooks.. But it's also a good idea to try and have SOME sort of shield between you and the strap/winch cable. I had a tool box in the bed of my truck and when pulling that was always up. my shit got covered in mud sometimes but it would also prevent injury if the strap came loose.. If pullin from the front you could put your hood up.

But yea that sucks that it happened to that guy...
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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #6
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Always make sure the D-ring is rated for twice hat the strap is, better to have the strap fail than the D-ring.. and just forget about using hooks.. But it's also a good idea to try and have SOME sort of shield between you and the strap/winch cable. I had a tool box in the bed of my truck and when pulling that was always up. my shit got covered in mud sometimes but it would also prevent injury if the strap came loose.. If pullin from the front you could put your hood up.

But yea that sucks that it happened to that guy...
NEVER use a d ring or any other similar item to attach two straps together.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:13 PM   #7
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He was know as ddstrunt on GL4WDA.

He was part of Xtreme Wheelers 4x4 Club along with Weekend Wheelers.

He died at Phatt Farms (Mud Run) in Pullman MI.

http://www.geocities.com/weekendwheelers/rides.html
(His is the 4th truck down)

Jonathan's personal site:
http://www.geocities.com/ddstrunt/
http://www.geocities.com/ddstrunt/bomber.html
http://www.geocities.com/ddstrunt/me.html
http://www.geocities.com/ddstrunt/vehicles.html
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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:19 PM   #8
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It didn't make any mention about hooks, but who in there right mind would use one then.

He was prolly using a D ring, Those fail too ya know.
more likely what the d ring was attached to broke from the vehicle, or as I've seen and advised against lots of times, the end of a strap on a trailer ball... just like putting a 2" diameter steel ball in a sling shot...
a good screw type D ring would not fail before braking the strap if properly used, but the attaching point, well, make sure the attaching points are strong, and the frame they attacht to also...

but very unfortunate no matter where the failure was.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:21 PM   #9
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but very unfortunate no matter where the failure was.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #10
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I have no idea what happened no do I care. It sucks either way.

Best wishes for his friends and family.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 02:03 PM   #11
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That is horrible to hear.
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I have no idea what happened no do I care. It sucks either way.

Best wishes for his friends and family.
Agree...we don't have a clue what failed. People should not start with the "told ya not to use hooks" and all that shit. He is dead and I feel, and pray for his family.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 02:19 PM   #13
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Who was arguing about the use of tow straps with hooks????


That is an unfortuanate incident.

A tow strap with hooks is fine, a recovery strap with hooks is a death trap. I don't even think they make a recovery strap with hooks on it. I have never seen one. Sorry to hear about it. his family will be in my prayers.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 02:45 PM   #14
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NEVER use a d ring or any other similar item to attach two straps together.
Never had a problem with it. IF i go that route i use AT LEAST 2 d rings in case on fails though.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 03:12 PM   #15
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very sad.

I do care what happened, so it won't happen to somone else... or me.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 03:15 PM   #16
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Never had a problem with it. IF i go that route i use AT LEAST 2 d rings in case on fails though.
The concern isn't that the d ring will fail, it's that the strap will break and send the d ring flying.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 03:16 PM   #17
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The concern isn't that the d ring will fail, it's that the strap will break and send the d ring flying.
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My best goes out to his family- is there any news on a memorial service?
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He was know as ddstrunt on GL4WDA.
He was registered here under that same name.
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He was a friend of mine through GLFWDA, I will miss him!

My prayers are with his wife and family.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 04:09 PM   #20
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Just talked to his wife, not taking it so well, as for what happened from what I understand the strap broke and the d-ring holding the two straps together is what went threw the window. Yes we all SHOULD know not to do this, but i still keeps happening. Please when you get stuck remember it is easier to replace a strap that is knoted together than a life. My prayers go out to Johns wife and 3 kids.
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