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Farmer dies after falling off a tractor.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 93MN006, 1994 Jan; :1-3
A 66-year-old male farmer (victim) died of injuries he sustained after falling from a tractor while plowing a field. He was plowing corn stubble under with a four bottom, three-wheeled, pull-type plow. The field was flat and dry. The tractor had a wide front-end but no roll over protective structure (ROPS); the fenders had been removed. The plow became plugged with stubble during plowing, and the victim attempted to unplug it by raising the plow shares and proceeding in reverse at full throttle. The plow jack-knifed, causing one tractor wheel to jam against it. The sudden jolt as the tractor jammed against the plow probably threw the victim off the tractor. He was found between the plow and tractor beneath the right axle, with his face into the ground, approximately ten minutes after the incident. He was by then hypoxic. A pulse was restored on site by first responders, but he died the next day from his injuries. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. retrofit, whenever possible, older tractors with ROPS and seat belts to provide maximum protection to operators; and 2. keep tractor fenders in place to provide a barrier to moving tires for operators who may be jostled during operation.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Tractors; Equipment-design; Safety-belts; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MN006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health
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