A 77-year-old white male farmer (the victim) died as the result of a fall from a hay wagon. Although he had discontinued dairy farming about two months before the incident, he continued to help his family with other farm chores. His mobility was limited by joint pain and stiffness, but he did not use assistive devices to walk. On the day of the incident, the victim and his adult grandson were picking up rectangular hay bales from the field. The grandson drove a tractor, pulling a bale loader in front of a hay wagon, while the victim stood on the empty wagon. The portable bale loader picked bales from the field and raised them on a conveyor to the wagon, which was not equipped with siderails. The farmer was positioned near the front of the wagon, prepared to receive and stack bales as they were discharged from the top of the bale loader. Although the event was unwitnessed, it appears the victim lost his balance and fell from the wagon, striking the back of his neck on the bale loader as he fell. The grandson saw the victim on the ground, began CPR, then called for help. The victim was taken to the hospital where he was admitted and died two days later of complications of fractured cervical vertebrae. The Wisconsin FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, farmers should: 1. Consider the physical capacities of individual farm workers and assign light or limited duty jobs when necessary due to a worker's injury or illness. 2. Include safety management as an integral part of their business operation.
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-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Tractors; Age-factors