'It was like I had won all the lottos ever when the PTO finally stopped'
Tommy Moynihan lost an arm in a farm accident, but he considers himself a lucky man
Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30
Tommy Moynihan was just having another ordinary busy day on his 80-cow farm at Ballymacelligott near Tralee when disaster struck in 2006.
"I was filling the slurry tanker and the inlet had become blocked so I came around to the front of the tank to shut it off," explains Tommy.
In a split second, the half-covered PTO snagged a piece of the arm of Tommy's jacket.
"It just whipped the arm clean off me, along with every bit of my three layers of clothing except for my trousers and wellies," recalls Tommy.
However, the force of the wrench had flung Tommy across the shaft and thrown him down alongside the drawbar.
In the process, the hydraulic pipe had become dislodged from the back of the tractor, and wrapped around the still-spinning PTO, with just the metal end whacking off the drawbar centimetres from Tommy's dazed head.
He was rooted to the spot, unable to budge, and sure that it would only be a matter of moments before the PTO caught the back of his head and finished him off completely.
However, a workman who was in painting at the time realised something had happened, and discovered Tommy in time. He switched off the tractor, and the immediate danger for the Kerry man had passed.