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Dairy farmer dies from crushing injuries sustained while loading cows.

NIOSH 2004 Apr; :1-6
On July 6th, 2003, a 48-year-old dairy farmer was helping load cattle onto a trailer when he was fatally crushed between the end of a gate and a steel fence. At the time of the incident, the farmer and two other workers were attempting to load cows onto a trailer using a chute created by fencing and some portable gates. One of the cows turned and rushed back through the gate into the barn area. The workers were able to turn the cow so that it was once again going toward the trailer and had passed through a makeshift gate. Once again the cow turned, and tried to push through the gate while the victim was standing by the side wall at the open end of the gate. The victim was crushed by the gate and his heart punctured by a metal protrusion on the end of the gate. Workers on the scene called for help and initiated resuscitation efforts. Upon arrival, the emergency squad continued these efforts and a helicopter transport was called in. The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby major trauma hospital. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future: 1. Cattle handling facilities should be equipped with properly constructed animal loading structures to minimize hazards associated with animal transport; 2. Workers should avoid positioning themselves in areas of entrapment when working around large animals; 3. Dairy cows should be monitored for signs of unusual aggression. Dangerous animals should be promptly removed from farms to prevent worker injury; 4. Work areas should be designed or modified to eliminate potentially hazardous protrusions.
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; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Cattle
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NY040; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-220784
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
New York State Department of Health. Health Research Incorporated