Farmer struck by truck and killed on public roadway.
NIOSH 1994 Oct; :1-4
A 63 year old farmer was fatally injured after being struck by a truck while transporting hay to his farm. After loading five round bales of hay onto a flatbed wagon the victim drove his tractor down a public roadway to transfer the hay to another pasture for winter storage. Neither the wagon nor the tractor had a Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem, a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) or a seat belt. After driving down a highway about one quarter of a mile, a two-ton log truck struck the back of his flatbed wagon. The tractor rolled over and the victim suffered massive skull injuries when he was thrown from the tractor. A witness who was traveling by car in the opposite direction called 911 to summon help. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner. In order to prevent future fatalities of this type, the FACE investigator recommends: 1. Tractors should be retrofitted with ROPS and seat belts. 2. All equipment should be clearly marked with Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblems if used on public roadways. 3. Transporters of harvest products on public roadways should be followed by trailing units to warn other drivers.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Farmers; Traumatic-injuries; Trucking; Tractors; Region-4
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Kentucky Department of Health Services