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Dairy farmer killed in cattle feeding machine incident.

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 96NJ077, 1997 Apr; :1-8
On September 30, 1996, a 61-year-old dairy farmer was killed when his head was caught in a cattle feeding machine. The incident occurred at the family farm in the cattle feeding pen. The victim was operating a center drive feeding machine, which directed corn from a nearby silo and transferred it to a conveyor belt that evenly distributed the feed into a 100 foot long feeding trough. It is not known what happened, but the farmer may have been trying to service the machine when his head was caught between the moving conveyor and a wooden support beam. NJDHSS FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar incidents in the future, these safety guidelines should be followed: 1. Farmers should shut down and lock out all machinery before doing maintenance. 2. Farmers should ensure that machinery is setup and maintained according to the manufacturers instructions. 3. All feeder operating controls should be in one centralized location and equipped with an emergency stop button. 4. Manufacturers of feeding machines should consider installing a device to stop the machine if the conveyor becomes jammed.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Region-2; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Machine-guarding; Machine-operation; Work-practices; Safety-measures
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-96NJ077; 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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