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Farmer pitched from cart that tipped while being unloaded by grain vacuum.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NIOSH 2006 Aug; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20032769
Abstract
During the winter of 2005, an 81-year-old farmer died while pneumatically conveying corn from a parked auger wagon into an area of his machinery storage shed. He was standing in the corn near the front of the single-axle grain cart, which had been unhitched from the tractor. The PTO-driven grain vacuum was positioned in the doorway with the tractor connected to it, to provide power take-off (PTO) power, at an angle to it outside the doorway. When a sufficient amount of corn had been vacuumed from the front of the wagon, the weight of corn remaining in the rear of the wagon caused the cart to tip rearward. The farmer was catapulted into the air and landed on the concrete machine shed floor beside the tractor. He suffered a fractured skull and was rushed by ambulance to a regional medical center where he died the next day. RECOMMENDATIONS based on our investigation are as follows: 1. Auger wagons that can tip rearward when unloaded unevenly should remain connected to the tractor while they are being unloaded. 2. Auger wagons, parked unhitched from the tractor, should be unloaded through a bottom opening (when available) into a hopper from which the grain can further be conveyed. 3. Auger wagons without a bottom opening, parked unhitched from the tractor, should be securely blocked or anchored to keep them from tipping rearward or have the rear half of the wagon's contents unloaded first.
Keywords
Region-7; 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; Equipment-operators; Work-practices; Tractors; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agriculture; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Livestock-industry
Publication Date
20060829
Document Type
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
PB2008-101579
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
FACE-05IA002; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-708674
SIC Code
NAICS-11
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IA
Performing Organization
Iowa Department of Public Health
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