There are things that happen on every job site that range from the crazy to the downright suicidal and this video depicts a situation that seems to have elements of both. You are going to see an excavator operator decide to take the quick way off of a haul road by foregoing the long and slow “normal” way out and instead go straight down the side of a super steep, super sandy embankment.
Great machine operators can use these massive mechanical beasts as an outward extension of their own hands and feet. It is amazing the deft touch that they have, the judgement ability they possess, and the downright Yoda-like knowledge they possess when it comes to the abilities and capabilities of their equipment. The guy (it has to be a guy, right?) operating this unit seems to possess all of that while also having a keen understanding of his own mortality.
You’ll be puckered up like we were when watching this. Between the overall situation and then his method for overcoming it, you are either going to watch a brilliant and gutsy professional look like a boss or a straight up moron looking, well, like a straight up moron.
Just be thankful it wasn’t YOU sitting in that sucker.