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Farmer dies after tractor he was driving rolled over on him.

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 94MN029, 1994 Dec; :1-3
A 44-year-old male farmer (victim) died when the tractor he was driving rolled over on him. The tractor was not equipped with either a cab or a rollover protective structure. It had a narrow front wheel configuration. It did not have dual rear wheels. A front-end loader, equipped with a general purpose bucket, was mounted on the tractor. Soil erosion along a wooden cattle lot fence weakened the support posts. He used the tractor and loader to scoop a bucket of dirt from a remote area of a pasture and transported it to the fence to stabilize the fence posts. He drove the tractor toward the fence, traveling east, across inclined terrain which sloped to the operator?s right. This resulted in the right side of the tractor being lower than the left side. The tractor suddenly rolled 180 degrees to the side, coming to rest in an inverted position at the bottom of the incline. He sustained severe chest injuries when he was pinned underneath the tractor as a result of the rollover. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all tractors should be equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seat belt; 2. operators of tractors should only back up or drive forward down inclined grades and 3. while in motion, tractors with loaders should be operated with the loader in the lowest possible position.
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; Equipment-operators; 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-94MN029; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division