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Old July 27th, 2011, 08:44 AM   #1
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By SHAUN BYRON
Of The Oakland Press

A Springfield Township man is dead after being crushed by the vehicle he was working on.

The incident happened at about 5:44 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of Broadway, near Andersonville Road.

Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies reported being dispatched for a medical emergency after the man, a 53-year-old, became trapped underneath a vehicle.

The man had jacked up a 2002 Saab, removed the front tires and crawled underneath to find a squeak, deputies said.

The vehicle, being supported by hydraulic bottle jacks, fell on top of the man, deputies said.

His chest and right shoulder were crushed, deputies said.

He was found by his wife.

The man was taken to Genesys Regional Medical System and later died of his injuries.


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Old July 27th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #2
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That sucks.

I was under a 95 Grand Marquis just last night. I had a jack stand under it, but had not lowered the car back down onto it (I know, stupid me). Rolling around under it wrestling with a bolt, I had pushed it out from under the frame rail. When I pulled hard on the bolt the car slid and dropped about 1/2" maybe and luckily moved toward the stand and landed on it. Scared the crap out of me to say the least.
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Very sad. Too close to home and age.
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I would be lying if I said I have never done the same thing. What a sobering reminder to always use the stands. Right down the road too

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That sucks, I had a jack fall as I was putting a jackstand under ther car, I about pooed myself.
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That sucks.

I was under a 95 Grand Marquis just last night. I had a jack stand under it, but had not lowered the car back down onto it (I know, stupid me). Rolling around under it wrestling with a bolt, I had pushed it out from under the frame rail. When I pulled hard on the bolt the car slid and dropped about 1/2" maybe and luckily moved toward the stand and landed on it. Scared the crap out of me to say the least.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 10:05 AM   #7
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This is why anytime I remove a wheel, I'll slide it under the car.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 11:45 AM   #8
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^^ This is good practice as well.
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This is why anytime I remove a wheel, I'll slide it under the car.

Last time I worked on my Dodge (front axle) I had 12 or 15 tons jacks in the front, rear tires chocked, 2 sets right behind the axle on the frame and the tires under it just for saftey.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #10
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Another PSA: Don't buy harbor freight jackstands. I had one collapse on me.

Sad to hear, and that is right where I grew up I wonder what his name is.. There are numerous firefighters on this site who probably responded to that call.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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Another PSA: Don't buy harbor freight jackstands. I had one collapse on me.

Sad to hear, and that is right where I grew up I wonder what his name is.. There are numerous firefighters on this site who probably responded to that call.

X2 the manufacture of those stands do not do a full weld down the seam They just run a 1 inch weld on each side.
If I think of It, I will post a picture when I get home.
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Another PSA: Don't buy harbor freight jackstands. I had one collapse on me.

Agreed! I remember when that happened.
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Another PSA: Don't buy harbor freight jackstands. I had one collapse on me.

Sad to hear, and that is right where I grew up I wonder what his name is.. There are numerous firefighters on this site who probably responded to that call.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #14
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I lost a friend early in my high school years to a car up on cinder blocks... his fiancee found him dead and half burnt from a torch he had going when it fell.

I think about it every time I'm at home under a car.
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Had similar happen at work. I had a coworker jack up our work truck while I went for the jack stands. Just as I walked back up to the truck, the jack broke and the truck fell. As my boss was asking me to weld it back together, I took it out to the dumpster and said no way! The pin that helps hold the sides together slipped through and the sides split apart.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #16
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I lost a friend early in my high school years to a car up on cinder blocks... his fiancee found him dead and half burnt from a torch he had going when it fell.

I think about it every time I'm at home under a car.
poor bastard, that terrible!
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X2 the manufacture of those stands do not do a full weld down the seam They just run a 1 inch weld on each side.
If I think of It, I will post a picture when I get home.
X3. I have a set and plan to weld them after noticing one of the welds looks like it may be cracked (paint has a hairline crack in it).

Even with jack stands, I still leave the jack under the car and stay out from under it if possible.

Godspeed to the guy who lost his life...
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This is an important lesson to pass on to our children too. My dad wouldve kicked my ass if he found me under a car with no jack stands. I never thought much about it till I was in high school and had a jack fail on me while changing a flat. About had a heart attack. Now I just expect the jack to fail on me and I never forget to support the vehicle.

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Another PSA: Don't buy harbor freight jackstands. I had one collapse on me.
Damn that's messed up. I've never bought any from Harbor Freight but I sure the hell won't now. Crazy they can sell them that way.

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Just checked out my 6 ton HF's and the weld runs the whole length, not as good looking as on my smaller Craftsman ones, but welded.
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