On February 11, 2001, a 40-year old part-time male farmer was killed when his 1950 agricultural tractor overturned to the rear while attempting to free a stuck pickup truck from a frozen, muddy field. The victim and a helper were working together to free the truck. The victim attached a log chain from the rear bumper of the pickup truck to the top link connection of the tractor's three-point hitch. The helper started the truck and placed the truck in reverse gear, ready to assist the victim, who was using the tractor. While attempting to pull the truck out of the mud, the front of the tractor bounced up and down several times, then upset to the rear, landing on the victim. Unable to assist, the driver of the truck ran to the victim's house, and called 911. The Fire Department responded, and determining that the victim had no vital signs, contacted the medical examiner. The medical examiner pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Recommendations: Proper equipment and procedures to free and tow a stuck vehicle, such as a 4-wheel drive truck. 1. Tractor owners can retro-fit many older tractors with a Rollover Protection System (ROPS) that includes a seat belt. 2. Farm tractor operators should always follow recommended hitching techniques when using a tractor. 3. Only use farm equipment as intended by the manufacturer. Pulling motor vehicles or fixed objects, such as a tree stump or fence post, with a farm tractor is a misapplication of the intended use of an agricultural tractor. Read, understand and follow the manufacturer's operator's manual.
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