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Farmer killed while working on square hay baler.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 1995 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20026250
Abstract
On July 19, 1995, a 23-year-old farmer was killed when the tying mechanism on a square hay baler activated, causing a severe head injury. The victim was part of a four-man crew baling and stacking hay on a wagon. The victim, who was stacking hay on the wagon, noticed that the tying mechanism had stopped working and notified the operator of the tractor to stop. The operator stopped and disengaged the power-take-off (PTO). While the PTO and flywheel was still winding down the victim crawled underneath the baler and reached inside the tying mechanism to free the tangled twine. The release of the tangled twine caused the mechanism to activate, crushing the victim's head. 1. The MO FACE Investigator concluded that in order to prevent similar occurrences, workers should: 2. ensure the PTO is disengaged, the engine on the tractor is shut off, the key is taken from the ignition, and the machine has come to a complete stop and de-energized before any repairs to the machine are made.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-7; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers
Publication Date
19951224
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-110213
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-95MO073; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-707084
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MO
Performing Organization
Missouri Department of Health
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