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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 94MN044, 1994 Dec; :1-2
A 68-year-old male farmer (victim) died from injuries he sustained when he became entangled in the rollers of a large round hay baler. He left his farm yard, with the tractor and baler, about 2:00 p.m. on the afternoon of the incident. At approximately 4:00 p.m., a motorist drove past the field where the victim worked and noticed smoke coming from the baler. Upon investigation, he found the tractor engine running at full throttle and the PTO engaged but the baler was not operating. The motorist noticed that the victim had been pulled into the front of the baler and was trapped between two steel rollers above the baler pickup mechanism. The motorist climbed into the tractor cab and shut off the engine. He attempted to remove the victim from the baler but was unable to free him. The baler suddenly burst into flames and the motorist had to retreat from the intense flames. He immediately used his cellular telephone and placed a 911 call. When local fire and emergency rescue personnel arrived, they extinguished the fire and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. 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 never reach into any machine 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; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Tractors; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; 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-94MN044; 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