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Road construction worker killed in tractor overturn.

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 98KY116, 1999 Feb; :1-3
In November 1998, a 33-year-old male construction worker was killed when the tractor he was driving overturned. The victim worked for a construction company that had been in business for approximately 30 years and did commercial and residential work. The victim and another construction worker were finishing a driveway paving job for a private household and had been working for a couple of hours. The tractor was being used to sweep dirt off the highway. Because this job was complete, the victim was trying to load the tractor onto a lowboy that was parked on the main road so that it could be transported to another location. The tractor had a front, brush attachment on it. As the victim tried to back the tractor onto the lowboy, the attachment was dragging and causing the back tires to spin. The victim then attempted to turn the tractor around on the two-lane road by exiting off the lowboy in a forward direction and making a U-turn. The driver apparently drove too close to the side of the road and the tractor fell over the embankment, landed on an old road, and then landed on the driver. A witness who had been watching for traffic while loading the tractor ran to a nearby house to get assistance and call 911. The coroner was called to the scene by State Police and pronounced the victim dead. The cause of death was massive head injury. 1. Tractor owners should contact their county extension agent, equipment dealer or equipment manufacturer to see if retrofit rollover protection and operator restraint systems are available for their equipment. 2. Employees who operate tractors as part of their job duties should be required to undergo formal safety training in tractor operation. 3. Equipment should be kept in good working condition.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-machinery; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Tractors; Traumatic-injuries; Region-4; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-programs
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98KY116; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division