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June 18, 2014

Landscaper suffers serious injuries in mower crash

Photos/Lawrence Emerson
Medics treat the landscaper at the base of the slope and atop the retaining wall.
A landscaping worker suffered serious injuries Wednesday afternoon when his mower hit a metal fence at the bottom of a steep embankment in Warrenton.

The fence prevented his half-ton mower from going over a 10-foot wall into onto the pavement near the Sweet Frog yogurt shop at 488 Fletcher Drive.

The accident took place around 12:20 p.m. in the North Rock subdivision.

A medical helicopter flew Jason Poole, 25, of Leesburg, an employee of Meadows Farms Landscaping, to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Medics strapped Mr. Poole to a backboard before first responders used ropes to help pull him about 40 feet, up the slope into the backyard of a home on North View Circle.

Fauquier Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief R.J. Arft described an injury to Mr. Poole’s arm as “severe.”

Apparently the man jumped from the mower just before he and the machine hit the fence, Chief Arft said.

Part of a Meadows Farm crew working in the neighborhood Wednesday, the landscaper apparently tried to cut grass on the steep slope, part of the North Rock’s common area, with the zero-turn mower. He couldn’t stop the heavy mower as it approached the steep slope’s bottom and crashed into the black metal fence.

Neighbors said workmen normally use string-trimmers and walk-behind mowers to cut the grass on that slope.

The New Baltimore Fire and Rescue Co. and town police set up a landing zone for the helicopter in front of Sears, across Lee Highway.

Chief Arft praised the first responders’ teamwork in treating the victim and carefully moving him up the steep hill.

“Everybody did a great job, especially in this heat,” he said.

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piney · June 20, 2014 at 9:30 am
My comment was in now way directed at Jason as I have no idea what he was or wasn't doing. My only hope is that he is recovering and will do well. My comment was directed at others who may try to mow areas that shouldn'w be mowed. This includes myself as the tendancy sometimes is to get that last bit of grass so that you don't have to come back. Professional landscappers probably know better but others may not.
The truth · June 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm
HE ABSOLUTELY WAS NOT TRYING TO MOW THE SLOPE WITH THE ZERO TURN.HE IS SMARTER THAN THAT. I work with Jason, I know for a fact he was not trying to mow the steep slope, he was mowing on the top where it is flat, he(what looks like to me when I showed up to the job site,unfortunately after he had already been airlifted out) was mowing around the evergreen tree at the top and for some reason the mower took an immediate turn toward the slope. He ABSOLUTELY WAS NOT TRYING TO MOW THE SLOPE WITH THE ZERO TURN. JASON IS SMARTER THAN YOU ARE MAKING HIM OUT TO BE . And he would not have tried something as unsafe as what the media is depicting. Whomever wrote this article, as usual, has no idea of what Jason was doing, no one does, except Jason . Give the guy some credit..
piney · June 19, 2014 at 10:30 am
When in doubt get off the mower and weed eat,use a walk behind, or just leave it long. The grass isn't worth getting killed or injured over. I had a friend who was killed some years ago in a similar accident when a heavy mower went over a 10 foot ledge in wet grass and landed on him.
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