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Farmer run over by a tractor and/or manure spreader.

Michigan State University
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 01MI058, 2002 Oct; :1-8
On July 7, 2001, a 58-year old male part-time farmer died from injuries sustained while spreading manure in a nearby vacant open field with rolling hills. It appears that just after cresting a hill with a full manure spreader, he stopped the tractor, perhaps to retrieve his hat that had blown off of his head. Leaving the tractor running, the front-end loader bucket in the raised position, he dismounted from the tractor. After the victim dismounted, the tractor began to roll down the hill. The sequence of events leading to the fatal injury is unknown. It appears that the victim was run over first by the rear tractor tire and subsequently the manure spreader. The victim's hat was located approximately 57 feet from where the victim was found, in the direction of the wind. No one saw the incident. When the victim did not return home, his wife went to look for him. When found, 911 was called. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. All tractor operators should follow safe equipment shutdown procedures as described in the operator's manual. 2. Equipment owners should maintain equipment in good operating condition. 3. Equipment owners should ensure that all relevant manuals, such as an owner's and operator's manuals are available for each piece of equipment for the operator to consult for safe operating procedures, service/maintenance, and to ensure that the tractor size and capacity is appropriate for the implement being used. 4. If unattended equipment begins to move, operators should remain clear of its path of travel and not attempt to remount until the equipment has come to a complete stop.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-5; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Tractors; Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01MI058; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-521205
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
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