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Part-time farmer dies in tractor rollover - West Virginia, June 26, 1993.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 93-20, 1993 Sep; :1-6
A 35 year old part time farmer died when a tractor rolled over on top of him. Prior to the accident he had approached the owner of a field for permission to mow the field for hay. The owner replied that he himself was not going to mow the field due to its uneven terrain and steep hillside. He offered the victim the use of his tractor. The tractor had no rollover protection system or operator restraint system. The victim began mowing the field with the tractor lights at about 9PM. As the tractor approached the top of a 45 degree bank, it overturned in a downhill direction on top of the victim. The tractor overturned a second time, then righted itself and traveled about 250 feet before coming to rest in a wooded area against a large tree. The field owner found the victim after noticing the location of the tractor lights. The victim died of head and chest crush injuries. It was thought that in the semi darkness, and with the hay chest high, the victim could not visually identify the steeply sloped bank. Recommendations included retrofitting rollover protection and operator restraint systems for older equipment, evaluating terrain before beginning any farming operations that involve the use of farm machinery, and not performing farming operations without the benefit of sufficient light.
NIOSH-Author; Region-4; FACE-93-20; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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