Fatalities associated with improper hitching to farm tractors - New York, 1991-1995.
Roerig S; Casey G; London M; Boyd J; Hill M; Anderson M; Grant A; Morse D; Hallman E; Pollock J
MMWR 1996 Apr; 45(15):307-311
Four incidents of sudden rear rollover of farm tractors involving improper hitching were presented and the characteristics of 16 incidents were described. The four cases examined in this review featured rear rollovers of farm tractors that were not equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPSs). The cases all featured fatal outcomes to the farm tractor operators from trauma to the neck, jaw, torso, head, and/or chest. In 27 reported farm tractor accidents investigated through the New York State Department of Health, Occupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities (OHNAC) program from 1991 to 1995, 16 (59%) were found to result from improper hitching of tractors to equipment or material to be towed. All 16 cases resulted from improper hitching of the tow chain. Terrain conditions contributed to eight of the accidents. The use of ROPSs and safety belts, and proper attachment of equipment and towing loads, are recommended as methods for preventing farm tractor accidents.
NIOSH-Author; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Occupational-accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-belts; Safety-equipment; Occupational-hazards; Protective-equipment
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report