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Farmer died as result of starting tractor on ground.

Authors
Michigan Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation
Source
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, HA#5, 2005 Mar; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20041148
Abstract
In 2004, a 78-year-old male farmer was severely injured when he was run over by the rear wheel of his 1960s vintage model 1650 Oliver tractor. The deceased had hooked up a 150-gallon pull-type boom sprayer so he could eradicate weeds near his 60-acre soybean field. After dismounting from the tractor and mixing the solution in the sprayer, he attempted to start the tractor while standing on the ground. Unbeknownst to him, the tractor was in forward gear and when he started it he was unable to move out of the way of the rear tire and the tire ran over him. In order to prevent similar incidents in the future: 1. Start tractors only when you are on the tractor platform sitting in the operator's seat, check the engine throttle position, disengage the clutch, shift transmission into neutral or park, set the brakes, ensure the power take off is disengaged. 2. Establish a farm safety plan that includes work rules such as starting the tractor from a seated position on the operator's platform. 3. Recognize potential human factor limitations movement associated with aging.
Keywords
Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Workers; Humans; Accidents; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Tractors; Motor-vehicles; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention
Publication Date
20050329
Document Type
Other
Email Address
debra.chester@ht.msu.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008329
Source Name
Farmer died as a result of starting tractor on ground
State
MI
Performing Organization
Michigan State Department of Labor and Economic Growth
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