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Hunting preserve operator crushed by rotary cutter.

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 96KY105, 1996 Jun; :1-3
A 36-year-old male was killed while he was attempting to remove barbed wire that had become entangled in the blades of a rotary mower. Although he was a full-time pharmaceutical sales representative, he leased 1,000 acres of farmland to rent to others for hunting purposes. Just prior to the incident he had purchased half of the property. As he was mowing the property using a tractor and rotary mower, the blades became entangled with barbed wire. He stopped working for the day and returned the next afternoon about 2:00 pm to remove the wire. The victim had shut off the tractor, gotten underneath the center deck of the mower, and attempted to remove the wire with wirecutters, when the mower came down and entrapped him. There were no witnesses to the incident. A visiting neighbor discovered the victim lying underneath the mower at 3:30 pm. An oil well attendant who was also on the property called 911 with his cellular phone. In order to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, the FACE investigator recommends that: 1. operators of older equipment should not rely on hydraulic systems for support, and should either use cylinder stops or hold the equipment up with solid blocks 2. operators should be familiar with farm equipment maintenance procedures before attempting maintenance work.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Tractors; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Training; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96KY105; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-409879
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Kentucky Department of Health Services
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