Red Fox Safety Products Expands its Line of Safety Shut Off (Kill) Switches

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Saving equipment operators from injury or death and protecting your investment in equipment is what motivates Ted Lacy to produce his line of safety products. Here is his story:

seed mill

This is the seed mill Ted got his coat caught in.

"When you gotta shut er down"

Their farm had a seed processing plant, where they cleaned their crops for market and seed for the next growing season. Normal operating months for the plant were September through March; there was no heat in the seed processing plant so they had to dress warmly. The seed processing plant consisted of 21 electric motors operating all types of shaking, rotating, equipment with moving belts and auger's. This could have been a scenario for a terrible industrial accident, but here’s what happened.

One cold winter night around midnight, Mr. Lacy was cleaning crop in the seed processing plant. He made his normal rounds checking all the equipment to make sure everything was running correctly. There was one of piece of equipment he decided needed adjustment.

He grabbed the step ladder and placed it next to this piece of equipment and proceeded to climb up two steps to grab the adjustment arm. The adjustment arm was in close proximity to the main drive belt that controlled the shaking speed on this type of equipment. The belt had a shield so he was not concerned about safety. As he was slowly turning the adjustment handle, a large gust of wind swept into the building. The wind was so strong that it slammed him against the belt shield, almost knocking him off of the ladder; and, unbeknownst to him, had blown part of his coat into the belt of this equipment. Slowly he was being drawn into the machine. His first reaction was to push himself away from the machine, he tried again and again to no avail, he remembered thinking, "I have to get loose." He tried again; to push his body away from the equipment, but he did not have the physical strength to tear the coat tail away. He remembered his chest being pulled tight against the shield. There he was literally caught with no way of escaping.

The story could have continued with his family members finding him the next day, still hung up in the equipment, with a not so happy ending. But it did not end this way!

Before this incident, he looked at how far away the stop switch was from the moving belts and motors. How would I shut off the power to the equipment if I could not physically reach the STOP button? He thought to himself. Immediately the Lord told him "wireless". So he decided to develop a wireless shut down switch for the plant. A transmitter is worn on the person running the equipment in the plant. Push the transmitter button and the signal is sent to the receiver which shuts off the electricity to the electric motors that power the seed processing plant.

That is just what he did. When he realized he was being pulled into the belt on this piece of equipment and he was physically unable to free himself, he pushed the transmitter button on his coat pocket and all 21 electric motors came to a stop. He unraveled his coat from the drive belt and climbed down the ladder. His new coat was completely shredded, but he was physically fine, all thanks to the new safety system he had installed in the seed processing plant.

After seeing how this product saved him from a terrible accident, he realized that other people could benefit from such a idea. He started developing this idea and turned it into a patented product, and started a company, Red Fox Safety Products to manufacture these remote shut off devices.

Fox-Paws, a name given to his products, is used all over the world to save lives and protect investments. They have developed nine different models to control fixed or mobile equipment. The applications for his products are endless; Fox-Paw can be used on any type of vehicle/equipment that has a gas or diesel engine or electric motor. For additional information about these products contact Ted Lacy at 208- 231- 5860 or visit

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