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Farmer died when run over by rear wheel when he started 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 04MI108, 2005 Mar; :1-5
On June 29, 2004, a 78-year-old male farmer was severely injured when he was run over by the rear wheel of his 1960s vintage model 1650 Oliver tractor. The deceased had hooked up a 150-gallon pull-type boom sprayer so he could eradicate weeds near his 60-acre soybean field. After dismounting from the tractor and mixing the solution in the sprayer, he attempted to start the tractor while standing on the ground. Unbeknownst to him, the tractor was in forward gear and when he started it he was unable to move out of the way of the rear tire and the tire ran over him. The tractor continued its forward movement and entered the second bay of a lean-to barn and was stopped by the side of the barn where the engine eventually stalled out. Figure 1 shows the victim's probable location on the ground in front of the tire while he started the tractor and the direction of the tractor's movement. His wife found him lying on the ground approximately 45 minutes later. Upon finding him, the wife returned to the house and called 9-1-1. When she returned to him, he was conscious and spoke to her, stating that he had been run over by the rear tire of the tractor. Emergency Response arrived and stabilized him at the scene. He was taken to the local hospital. He died approximately three weeks later as a result of the injuries sustained at the time of the incident. Recommendations: 1. Tractors should only be started when the operator is on the tractor platform sitting in the operator's seat. 2. 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. 3. Agricultural equipment operators should recognize the potential human factor limitations associated with aging.
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-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-04MI108; 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