A 79 year-old Colorado farmer dies after falling five feet from a haystack.
NIOSH 1991 Jun; :1-2
A 79 year-old farmer died from injuries sustained in a five-foot fall while attempting to move bales of hay. The victim had climbed a ladder next to a twelve-foot-high stack of hay bales. The victim threw one bale to the ground, and then is thought to have stepped onto a bale that was protruding from the stack at the five-foot level. The victim fell from this bale to the ground. The victim showed no signs of life when found by his son. The Colorado Department of Health investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Survey the work-site to identify hazards; 2. Inform all employees of the possible hazards; 3. Consider and address worker safety in the planning phase of projects.
Region-8; 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; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Ladders; Agricultural-processes
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment