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Farmer dies after tractor he was driving rolled over on him.

NIOSH 1997 Oct; :1-3
A 67-year-old farmer (victim) died of injuries he sustained when the tractor he was using to plow a grass field overturned. The tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seat belt. The east end of the field was adjacent to a county road ditch. The victim had nearly completed plowing the field and it appeared that he was making the last few trips across the field plowing only from the east end of it to the west end. After reaching the west end he drove the tractor on the farm driveway back to the east end. After reaching the east end of the field, he was unable to make a sharp 180 degree left turn and enter the open furrow to again plow across the field. Since he was unable to make the sharp left turn, after turning left from the driveway (90 degrees) and entering the field he drove past the open furrow and made a circular turn to the right to enter the open furrow. While making this circular turn the left wheels of the tractor entered the road ditch and the tractor overturned. A passing motorist discovered the overturned tractor and drove to a nearby farm where a call was made to emergency medical personnel. They arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. The farmer from whose place the emergency call was made also arrived at the scene with a tractor to assist in freeing the victim. Shortly after the victim was freed, emergency personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all tractors should be equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seat belt.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Equipment-operators; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Tractors; Safety-belts
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97MN024; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health