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Fatalities associated with improper hitching to farm tractors - New York, 1991-1995.

Authors
Roerig-S; Casey-G; London-M; Boyd-J; Hill-M; Anderson-M; Grant-A; Morse-D; Hallman-E; Pollock-J
Source
MMWR 1996 Apr; 45(15):307-311
NIOSHTIC No.
00232461
Abstract
Four incidents of sudden rear rollover of farm tractors involving improper hitching were presented and the characteristics of 16 incidents were described. The four cases examined in this review featured rear rollovers of farm tractors that were not equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPSs). The cases all featured fatal outcomes to the farm tractor operators from trauma to the neck, jaw, torso, head, and/or chest. In 27 reported farm tractor accidents investigated through the New York State Department of Health, Occupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities (OHNAC) program from 1991 to 1995, 16 (59%) were found to result from improper hitching of tractors to equipment or material to be towed. All 16 cases resulted from improper hitching of the tow chain. Terrain conditions contributed to eight of the accidents. The use of ROPSs and safety belts, and proper attachment of equipment and towing loads, are recommended as methods for preventing farm tractor accidents.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Occupational-accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-belts; Safety-equipment; Occupational-hazards; Protective-equipment
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
19960419
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
15
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; DSR
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
NY; OH; WV
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