Farmer is killed when he falls beneath moving combine.
NIOSH 2003 Oct; :1-7
A 32-year-old farmer was killed when the combine he was operating ran over him. He had completed making initial adjustments to this machine and was just beginning to use it to harvest grass seed. Another worker operating a second combine in the same field witnessed the incident from a distance. The victim is reported to have exited the still moving combine and was observed walking slowly towards the rear of the machine as the combine continued to travel past him. The other operator and the victim's father believe that he may have stepped off the machine to observe its operation or check on something. The victim fell under the left rear wheel and was crushed. The reason the victim fell remains undetermined but it is believed that he stumbled or tripped on the uneven ground. Recommendations: 1. Farm operators should not assess for seed loss while the combine is operational or moving. 2. Stop the engine before doing any checks, adjustments, repairs, lubricating or clearing any obstruction, or when leaving the cab or operating platform for any reason. 3. Always maintain a safe distance from all moving machinery. 4. Rural emergency medical systems must have the ability to rapidly locate trauma victims and transport them to the appropriate level of care. Federal, state and local agencies should work together to encourage the development and deployment of Enhanced 911 (E-911) technology and systems.
Region-10; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
NTIS Accession No.
FACE-03OR019; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008324
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Oregon Department of Human Services