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Farmer died when run over by rear wheel when he started the tractor while standing on the ground.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2005 Mar; :1-5
NIOSHTIC No.
20026844
Abstract
On June 29, 2004, a 78-year-old male farmer was severely injured when he was run over by the rear wheel of his 1960s vintage model 1650 Oliver tractor. The deceased had hooked up a 150-gallon pull-type boom sprayer so he could eradicate weeds near his 60-acre soybean field. After dismounting from the tractor and mixing the solution in the sprayer, he attempted to start the tractor while standing on the ground. Unbeknownst to him, the tractor was in forward gear and when he started it he was unable to move out of the way of the rear tire and the tire ran over him. The tractor continued its forward movement and entered the second bay of a lean-to barn and was stopped by the side of the barn where the engine eventually stalled out. Figure 1 shows the victimís probable location on the ground in front of the tire while he started the tractor and the direction of the tractorís movement. His wife found him lying on the ground approximately 45 minutes later. Upon finding him, the wife returned to the house and called 9-1-1. When she returned to him, he was conscious and spoke to her, stating that he had been run over by the rear tire of the tractor. Emergency Response arrived and stabilized him at the scene. He was taken to the local hospital. He died approximately three weeks later as a result of the injuries sustained at the time of the incident. Recommendations: 1. Tractors should only be started when the operator is on the tractor platform sitting in the operatorís seat. 2. A farm safety plan should be established for the agricultural operation that includes work rules such as starting the tractor from a seated position on the operatorís platform. 3. Agricultural equipment operators should recognize the potential human factor limitations associated with aging.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-5; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Farmers; Tractors; Equipment-operators; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers
Publication Date
20050327
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
PB2007-102739
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
FACE-04MI108; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MI
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
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