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Logger dies after falling from tractor - South Carolina, March 14, 1996.
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 96-13, 1996 Jun; :1-3
The case of a logger who died as a result of a fall from a tractor was examined. The victim was working by himself on a tract of land to which he had purchased the timber rights. He was felling trees and dragging them to a landing using a tractor. The tractor, manufactured in 1942, was not equipped with seat belts or a rollover protection system. On the day of the accident the victim had been seen and heard operating a chain saw in the morning. In the afternoon, he was discovered with a head wound and unconscious, but breathing, at the rear of the tractor. Emergency medical service arrived about 20 minutes later and the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital 3 hours later as a result of head injuries. Evidence at the scene of the accident suggested that the victim had been dragging two trees to the landing when he fell from the tractor and was struck by its undercarriage and run over after it hit a stump in the ground. It was recommended that employers ensure that seat belts and rollover protection are provided and used on mobile equipment.
NIOSH-Author; FACE-96-13; Region-4; Accident-analysis; Work-practices; Logging-workers; Lumber-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Head-injuries
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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