posted on Aug, 29 2012 @ 08:14 PM
I don't intend to take any side on this topic because quite frankly I don't care to, however I feel I must add something.
I operate heavy equipment where I work, and you do not mess around with those things. The largest 'dozer I have driven is a D6, and the D9 is way
bigger. When one is in operation, everyone around it has to be 100% aware for a reason: if anyone fails to pay attention, it can kill you.
Period. Irregardless of how much experience the driver has, the operator's field of vision directly around the machine is limited even in the most
ideal of conditions. An operator many times has to depend on eye contact and hand signals from spotters and nearby workers to ensure safe operation
when close around other people.
And this wasn't even a normal D9 - this was an armored D9 for the Israeli army, so the operator's field of vision was more than likely even more
obstructed than a normal D9 by all the armor plates and grating over the windows.
So here we have a woman knowingly - and repeatedly - crossing into the path of a piece of equipment that weighs in excess of 70 tons, is incredibly
loud, and has an even-more obstructed view for the operator than usual.
She was asking for it.
You don't play peek-a-boo around heavy equipment, irregardless of any political agenda or ulterior motive one might have. Any serious construction
worker in the vicinity of a D9 would never move into its field of motion unless he was absolutely certain the driver knew of it. And I'm not saying
this to absolve any blame from any party involved, especially the driver, but that's just my point of view from having been in the driver's seat of
one of these mechanical monsters.
They aren't toys, and they don't discriminate any reasons for someone being in their way.