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Farmer dies after being run over by a tractor he was driving.

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 94MN028, 1994 Nov; :1-2
A 50-year-old male farmer (victim), died from injuries sustained when he was either thrown off or fell from the tractor he was driving and was run over by one of the rear tires. The tractor was not equipped with an enclosed cab, a seat belt, or a rollover protective structure. It had a wide front end and was equipped with dual rear wheels. The victim was checking drainage tile and water levels in his farm fields at the time of the incident. He was driving east through an alfalfa field and had just made a 90-degree right turn onto a field road. He was found on the field road a short distance from the point of making the right turn. The tractor was found in a plowed field, with the transmission shifted into either fifth or sixth gear, approximately 50-100 feet southeast of the victim. The tractor stalled when it veered into the field where its front wheels turned sharply and cut deeply into the plowed soil. 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 seat belt and a rollover protective structure; and 2. operators should use only the lower range gears when driving tractors in farm fields.
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; Safety-belts; 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-94MN028; 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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