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Tractor overturn kills 16-year-old farm worker in Washington State.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2001 Jul; :1-19
NIOSHTIC No.
20026020
Abstract
On August 23, 1999, a 16-year-old farm worker (the victim) died of injuries when the tractor he was driving overturned and crushed him. The victim was towing a small hay baler on a two-lane, public paved road. Just prior to the incident, a motorist observed the victim driving the tractor and baler with the "passenger-side" wheels of both the tractor and baler partially on the road's gravel shoulder. The tractor then turned right toward the road's steeply banked shoulder. As the tractor began to overturn down the bank, the victim attempted to jump from the tractor in the same direction as the overturn. The motorist who witnessed the incident found the victim pinned under the tractor. Emergency medical persons were called and responded to the incident. The victim died at the scene. To prevent similar occurrences, the Washington State Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation (FACE) Investigative team concluded that persons operating farm tractors should follow these recommendations: 1. All tractors should be equipped with Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) and seat belts. ROPS should be installed as manufacturers' original equipment or retrofit per the manufacturers' guidelines. 2. All personnel must wear a seat belt when operating a tractor equipped with a ROPS. 3. All persons who drive tractors need to be trained, educated and knowledgeable in all aspects of the safe operation of tractors, including the towing of implements, and be made aware of hazards related to their operation. Drivers should also be familiar with the tractor's operation manual. 4. Extreme care should be used when operating tractors on or near sloped terrain, ditches, or embankments.
Keywords
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Farmers; Tractors; Traumatic-injuries; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Agriculture
Publication Date
20010731
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-106625
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
FACE-99WA056; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-013928
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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