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Farm tractor overturns, crushing part-time farmer.

Kentucky Department of Health Services
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 94KY097, 1995 Feb; :1-4
A 38 year old male part-time farmer (the victim) was crushed when the farm tractor he was operating overturned. The victim had just completed bush hogging a section of his farm and was taking his tractor to another section to continue the procedure the following day. The tractor was not equipped with Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) or a seat belt. The victim approached a steep gravel path leading to an upper field. About halfway up, the tractor's front wheels came off the ground, tilted backward, then rolled over to the left. The weight of the tractor tire crushed the victim's head. The victim died of cerebral hemorrhage and profound skull and facial fractures. The victim was found by his wife after she initiated a search because of his lateness for dinner. In order to prevent future fatalities of this type the FACE investigator recommends: 1. Tractors should be retrofitted with ROPS and seat belts. 2. Tractors should be properly configured to complete the necessary procedures in a safe manner. 3. Operators should evaluate the terrain prior to beginning an operation 4. Additionally, county officials should initiate a 911 Emergency Response System.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Farmers; Traumatic-injuries; Tractors; Region-4
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94KY097; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Kentucky Department of Health Services
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