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Farmer dies after backhoe crushing incident.

NIOSH 2003 Apr; :1-4
On September 4th, 2002, a 63-year-old farmer was fatally injured as a result of being run over by a backhoe. The victim had been using the backhoe to move pieces of heavy equipment in a remote area of his farm at the time of the incident. When the farmer dismounted from the backhoe to connect the chain that would be used to pull a heavy piece of equipment, he left the backhoe idling with the transmission in gear and did not set the parking brake. As he was working at his position in front of the left rear tire, the backhoe began to move, knocking the victim down and running over his head. The backhoe proceeded on until coming to rest against a large steel holding tank. The victim was discovered approximately fifteen minutes later by a farm employee who immediately went for help. County sheriff investigators responded to the scene in addition to the local emergency squad. The county coroner was called to the scene and pronounced the victim dead at the location. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, individuals operating backhoes should: 1. Never use a backhoe bucket for the towing connection to trailers; 2. Always disengage the transmission and apply the parking brake before dismounting machinery; 3. Never stand directly in front of or behind the wheels of a backhoe or other equipment while the machinery is running.
Region-2; 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; Equipment-operators; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Farmers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NY059; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-220784
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New York State Department of Health. Health Research Incorporated