Birth of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (Limerick)
By Richard Mudrinich
There once was a man
Who was a grass-cutting fan.
He cut off his big toe
Screaming oh no!
And hence was born Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man.
Today is the
birthday celebration of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man. On September 21, 2003, I had a serious lawn mower accident, resulting in the partial amputation of my left foot. My life changed on that day. I received a divine message to promote yard safety awareness.
I was grass cutting, and I had only a few feet of grass to cut - possibly for the entire year. I was using a push mower. I slipped and my left foot went under the mower and came in contact with the blade. My left foot was sliced and mulched resulting in a severe amputation and wound. I was sent by life-flight helicopter from my local hospital in the Sharon Regional Health System to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where I had a series of extensive surgical operations. I want to thank all of the medical professionals for their care and talents. Nonetheless, I have had a long road toward recovery.
Consequently, I have created awareness regarding the frequency and severity of lawn mower accidents. I am the first yard safety super hero in the history of the world. Furthermore, I have been compelled to present some lawn mower safety measures with hopes to significantly minimize the occurrences and magnitudes of these costly, life-altering, mutilating, and painful events. I strive to find a cure for yard accidents.
Each year, there are over 100,000 lawn mower accidents. Furthermore, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC
) reports that hospitals emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. Estimates from past statistics indicate that yard work accidents fatally injure more than 3,000 people. In addition, the estimated medical, legal, insurance and disability costs and other expenses of these injuries are over a billion dollars each year. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man presents preventive measures to rescue (hence, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm
) - a real-life caped crusader for yard safety) individuals and families from going through the dreaded experience associated with lawn mower accidents. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man and the Yard Safety Crusaders promote the safe use of the entire spectrum of outdoor power equipment. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has provided similar outreach to other individuals impacted by a yard accident.
Since the birth date of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man on September 21, 2003, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has achieved several accomplishments: yard safety awareness initiatives, products, programs, services, etc. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has reached millions of individuals, families, and institutions all over the world. Furthermore, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man has made a positive impact on several individuals and industries related to yard safety - including some life-changing actions and events. I have inspired the entire green industry to rethink safety resulting in several new safety initiatives. However, I have learned first-hand that "no good deed goes unpunished." Nonetheless, I am very committed to yard safety! My life goal is to achieve zero yard accidents and to befriend other people who have experienced yard accidents. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man is here today so that yard accidents go away!HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAPPY YARD SAFETY!
Richard T. MudrinichRescue Rick the Grass Cut Manhttp://www.rescuerick.com