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Work with tommyknockers? accidents-
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mud-    Posted 11-22-2004 at 06:30:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
them deep rock miners out west would swear the tommyknockers would haunt them into leaving a mine shaft when trouble occured. usually a cave-in or explosion would follow. they'd swear them little spirits saved them.

i got the stuffing knocked out of me on sat. night
tommyknockers tried to save me, but i was hopin to finish up and stay home sunday. it happened while pushing a piece of wood through the table saw. kicked back and my push stick slapped me in the nose. took until this morning to get my sense of smell back.

toolman    Posted 11-22-2004 at 10:04:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think something (tommyknockers) are always following me around but they are just overworked and can,t help me all the time, glad you are ok, must of hurt for a while huh? i hate that, i just keep saying to myself over an over as my wife rushes me to the docs, "that don,t hurt , that don,t hurt", i think i actually belive myself or im just gettin tougher lol.don,t know a whole lot about what happenes in hard rock mines butin coal , as long as the creaking and cracking are going on we never worried , it was when the mine got quite that the miners would worry, down home in the old mines there were lots of pit rats and my dad always told me when they started leaving the mine watch out, i figure it was they could smell the build up of gas and knew the danger of an explosion.

mark/mn    Posted 11-22-2004 at 09:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think my wife heard the tommyknockers .

Years back I was working at the stockpile in a
iron mine. The mainline would come in and
set the cars over to a loading track for the yard
switch engine. The loading tracks were on a
slight grade so the single engine had no
trouble moving the cars but it needed help
keeping the cars slow enough for the shovel
and loaders to load the cars. One of my duties
was to put on the extra brakes.

Two engineers had brain farts that day. The
mainline hog was to shove the cars down the
track to bunch the slack ( about 120' in a string
), the yard hog wasn't to kick off the brakes
until he was notified that everyone was clear of
the train, neither did.- For those not familiar
with train brakes, when kicked off they release
from front to rear as the air flows through the
system. The last car behaves like an anchor
until pressure in the system is high enough
for it to release

So, I'm in between the cars getting the
straight air system ready, the carknocker
drives up to wait for me to finish - the last car
pumps off. We both heard the thump, thump,
thump as the cars started to bunch up but by
the time it registered it was too late. He yells
GET then everything's a blur. I don't remember
much of the next few seconds but the
carknocker said my eyes got huge then the car
hit me in the chest, I fell backwards and then I
was gone. Somehow I managed to grab a
piece of angle iron under the ladder on the
front of the car and hold on for dear life. As I'm
bouncing along I could hear this 300+ pound
man running beside the train screaming my
Normally the cars would have stopped
when they came up against the engine but he
heard the slack coming and decided to use
the momentum to get the train on spot
quicker. He kicks off the engine brakes.
When the train gets on spot a hundred or so
yards down the track the switch can't stop
because I hadn't finished getting the extra
brakes taken care of, he dumps the air so the
train won't skate past the shovel and we finally

When I got home that night my wife was
standing at the door. "What happened at work
today ? " Nothing. " Don't give me that,
something happened around 4:30, I could feel
it. "

whoa!    Posted 11-22-2004 at 10:57:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
man, glad you survived that. gave me a chill just readin it.

mud the sore nose

Salmoneye    Posted 11-22-2004 at 11:30:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gave me a chill too...

KellyGa    Posted 11-22-2004 at 08:06:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
OUWCHIEEE! Glad your okay. No little voice of reason telling you to watch out, eh? We women have that little thing called womens intuition, great thing to have, it has saved me more times than I know, lol.

mud    Posted 11-22-2004 at 11:15:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi kelly,
reading mark's post above made me think. when i got in from work late that night my mrs. knew i'd been hurt. she asked what was wrong before she saw my sore face.

deadcarp    Posted 11-22-2004 at 06:58:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
in the early 60s we had a sorta crude cutoff saw in the boeing shop. they were changing the 12" round blade at break time, and somebody left the nut off. right aftek break one guy took a piece of wood over there and hit the button. he saw it wobble just quick enough to step back. that spinning, howling blade took off like a wheel, danced across workbenches all the way across the shop, punched thru the tin wall and buried itself in a truck bed out back. by some miracle nobody was hit.

guardian angels-    Posted 11-22-2004 at 11:18:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
must have been working hard there that day.


Salmoneye    Posted 11-22-2004 at 07:02:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

I thought my 'brush with eternity' last week was close...

You guys are way more dangerous than I am...



mud    Posted 11-22-2004 at 07:36:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
lost a lot of blood and we shut down for the night. my push stick is my hammer, so thats what nailed me. lol! my coworker saw it happen. the plexi table insert broke and caused the kickback as far as we can tell. if i had been using my hands to feed the saw i would have lost fingers. saftey-- but like the dummie i am, i was standing in harms way. no grape vines, all my own durn fault.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-22-2004 at 08:11:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad we are both here to laugh at ourselves...

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