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Farm mechanic run over while servicing a tractor.

New Jersey Department of Health
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 94NJ141, 1995 Apr; :1-7
On July 16, 1994, a 75 year-old part-time farm mechanic was killed after he was run over by the farm tractor he was servicing. The incident occurred while the mechanic was apparently trying to test a recharged battery before installing it into the tractor. While the exact circumstances of the incident are unknown, the victim may have inadvertently placed the tractor into gear before trying to start it. Standing beside the tractor, the mechanic apparently reached to the front panel to turn the ignition key. The tractor started, lurched forward, and ran over the mechanic's pelvis before stopping against another farm machine. NJDOH FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Employers should retrofit older tractors with available safety devices. 2. Employers should obtain the owners manuals and service information for heavy farm equipment and machinery. 3. Employers should ensure that workers are trained in the safe use of machinery before being allowed to operate it. 4. Employers should ensure that all operating controls are clearly marked on farm machinery.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Training; Region-2; Farmers; Tractors; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Maintenance-workers; Control-systems; Control-technology; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-94NJ141; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-207088
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New Jersey Department of Health
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