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Farmer dies after becoming entangled in hay baler.

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 93MN063, 1994 Apr; :1-3
A 48-year-old male part-time farmer (victim), died from injuries he sustained when his left arm became entangled in the rollers of a large round hay baler and was amputated. The power-take-off (PTO) of the tractor pulling the baler had not been disengaged, and the baler was still operating at the time of the incident. After completing the first round of a hay field, the victim dismounted the tractor and was apparently attempting to engage the bale tier at the front of the baler. He became entangled in the bale rollers behind the pickup mechanism and was pulled over the baler's front frame and through the belts to his waist. His left arm was eventually amputated from the motion of the rollers. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. operators should observe and follow all applicable safety precautions when operating PTO-powered equipment; and 2. operators should not reach into a hay baler while it is running.
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; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; 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-93MN063; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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