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Farmer dies when he was pinned between the tractor seat and a tree in a ditch near his soybean field.

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 03MI067, 2004 Jan; :1-5
On June 14, 2003, a 57-year-old male farmer was killed when the Model 220 Belaris tractor he was driving entered a ditch on the north side of this soybean field and he was pinned between the tractor seat and a tree in the ditch. MIFACE learned of this incident from a newspaper clipping. On July 10, 2003, MIFACE researchers visited the incident site, viewed the tractor and implements, and interviewed the victim's spouse. On the day of the MIFACE visit, there was a thunderstorm, therefore, few outdoor pictures were taken. During the course of writing this report, the medical examiner's report, death certificate, and sheriff department report were obtained. The victim was the farm owner. He had planted 10 acres of soybeans one week prior to the fatal incident. The family-owned farm did not have a written farm safety plan. Recommendations: 1. When mowing or planting, leave a visual cue to identify the edge of drainage ditches or other land depressions. 2. If the front-end loader is not to be used for an extended period, the loader should be removed from the tractor if equipped with a "quick detach" loader mechanism. 3. Travel with the loader bucket at the lowest possible height.
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; Machine-operation; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Equipment-operators; Farmers; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03MI067; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division