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Farmer died when run over by tractor's rear wheel and chopper.

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 04MI093, 2005 Apr; :1-6
On June 18, 2004, a 40-year-old male died while cutting a hay field for forage. He had attached a New Holland chopper to the rear of the Farmall 400 tractor and a forage wagon to the chopper to hold the cut hay. It is unknown how he came into the position of being run over by the tractor's rear wheel and the chopper. Several scenarios have been hypothesized. The victim was on his third pass in the middle of the field. After the victim was run over by the equipment, the tractor continued to travel forward in the field in an arc from east to west, finally coming to rest in a tree line adjacent to the hay field. When the victim did not return home family members went to search for him. They found him in the field and called for emergency response. Emergency Response declared the victim dead at the scene. Family members noted that all prior forage cuts the victim made were straight, except in the location just before where the victim was found. Family members noticed a very slight "zigzag", from west to east in this final cut. The recommendations below are based upon the possible event scenarios described in the report. 1. Ensure medical conditions are managed by all workers on the farm. 2. Place cell phones on your body where they won't fall off or interfere with work activities. 3. Stay seated on the tractor seat while operating the tractor. 4. Do not try to retrieve items that fall from the tractor while the tractor is moving. 5. Make sure you are rested when operating machinery - establish a work routine that includes adequate rest breaks and limits on continuous hours of work. 6. Start tractor from the operator's seat. 7. Follow safe equipment shutdown procedures as described in the operator's manual.
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; Farmers; Tractors; Equipment-operators; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-machinery
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04MI093; 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