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Farmer dies leading heifer toward a loading chute to a livestock trailer.

NIOSH 2007 Oct; :1-5
On December 10, 2006, a 76-year-old male farmer was injured when he was struck by a heifer as it was walking in an alley toward the loading chute to a livestock trailer. The alley was "L" shaped. One side of the alley was the wooden barn wall with concrete support posts and a concrete quarter-wall slab. The other side of the alley was constructed of portable wooden gates made of 2-inch by 6-inch pieces of lumber. The livestock trailer was at the front of the barn. To be loaded into the trailer, the heifer entered the alley from the yard through a barn door, walked down a 36-foot-long alley, made a 90-degree right turn, walked down a 23-foot-long alley, and then was directed by an angled portable gate into the livestock trailer. The incident occurred about 20 feet into the 36-foot-long alley. The decedent was kicked in the head by the heifer. This was an unwitnessed event, so it is unknown how the decedent was positioned at the time of the incident. The hauler heard the commotion inside of the barn and discovered the decedent on the floor. He called 911 and emergency response arrived. The decedent was transported to a local hospital where he died the next day. Recommendations: 1. Livestock farmers should ensure that the alleys to loading chutes are designed and constructed to maximize safe cattle handling. 2. Livestock farmers should review each individual cow's behavioral characteristics and determine the flight zone around each cow so that the handler can provide a safe loading experience for the cow as well as for the handler. 3. Livestock handlers should conduct a risk assessment, including how to minimize unintended animal contact.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Livestock; Animals
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-06MI205; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University