Eleven-year-old farm-boy dies following tractor accident.
NIOSH 2000 Nov; :1-3
On March 19, 1999, an eleven-year-old farm-boy died when the tractor he was operating overturned into a drainage ditch. The boy was returning from a pasture with the tractor and a homemade two-wheeled round-hay-bale trailer attached. He was operating an Allis-Chalmers WD, tricycle-front-end tractor on well-maintained gravel county road. He and his father had just dropped two round hay bales in their farm pasture. The father was driving a pick-up truck and had driven ahead of the son on the county road as they were returning from the pasture. The accident was not witnessed, but apparently the farm-boy lost control of the tractor as it neared a drainage ditch and culvert. The tractor veered off of the left side of the road and overturned into the ditch. The MO FACE investigator recommends that to prevent similar occurrences all farmers and employers should: 1. Provide tractors equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seat belts for use by all persons trained and certified to operate tractors. 2. Ensure that workers are trained in and are aware of the potential hazards associated with operating farm machinery.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Families; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Region-7; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Tractors; Traumatic-injuries; Age-factors; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Missouri Department of Health