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Farm hand run over by tractor while starting the tractor while standing on the ground.

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 02MI140, 2003 May; :1-4
On October 1, 2002, a 73-year old male farm hand died of injuries he sustained when he was run over by a tractor. He was starting the tractor while standing on the ground in front of one of the rear wheels. The victim had been operating the tractor earlier in the day using a front-end loader with forks to lift 1/2 ton fruit tanks onto a flatbed truck. After he was finished, he took the tractor to the shop. The forklift hydraulics were drifting during the loading operation and he may have been attempting to adjust the forklift position when he started the tractor. While standing on the ground in front of the rear tire, he pressed down on the clutch and started the tractor. The tractor was left in gear and the tractor's rear wheel ran over the victim, causing crushing injuries to his pelvis. He was found by another employee and taken to the hospital for surgery and stabilization. The next day, a blood clot developed and he died. Recommendations: 1. Tractors should only be started when the operator is on the tractor platform sitting in the operator's seat. 2. Employers should provide annual operator training to tractor operators. 3. A farm safety plan should be established for the agricultural operation that includes work rules such as starting the tractor from a seated position on the operator's platform.
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Traumatic-injuries; Region-5; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Tractors; Farmers; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02MI140; 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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