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Farmer dies when pinned by flail mower.

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 03MI098, 2004 Aug; :1-5
On July 17, 2003, a 73-year-old male cattle farmer was killed when he was pinned beneath the front of a flail mower. He had been clipping pastures on a Farmall International 706 fast hitch tractor with a MC rotary scythe (flail mower) attached. When moving from the field he had just cut, he placed the flail mower in a locked upright position. The next pasture he was going to cut was protected by a ribbon electric fence. He traveled along a two-track road, through a wooded area and approached the field he was preparing to mow. To enter the field protected by the electric fence, the victim normally dismounted the tractor, pulled up the fence posts, laid the posts on the ground, and drove the tractor over energized wire. On the day of the incident when he did not return home, his wife went looking for him. When she found him, she drove home and called for emergency responders. Emergency responders found the tractor contacting the electric wire approximately eight feet from the fence line. The fence posts were not pulled up. The flail mower was locked in the upright transport position. The tractor was in neutral, the parking brake was not set, and the PTO was not activated. It is unknown how the victim became pinned beneath the mower. The victim was declared dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1. All tractor operators should follow safe equipment shutdown procedures as described in the operator's manual. 2. Owner/operators should maintain equipment in good operating condition.
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; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Farmers; Tractors; 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-03MI098; 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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