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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 94MN048, 1994 Nov; :1-3
A 47-year-old male (victim) died from injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving overturned and caught fire. The tractor was not equipped with either a rollover protective structure or a general purpose cab. It had a wide front wheel configuration. It was not equipped with dual rear wheels. A front-end loader equipped with a general purpose bucket was mounted on the tractor. A sickle mower with a cutting bar 7 feet long was mounted to the quick-attach drawbar at the rear of the tractor. The victim was cutting hay in a township road ditch when the incident occurred. He was making the first cut through the ditch driving south across inclined terrain which sloped to his right. The mower cutting bar extended to the right side of the tractor and was on the downhill side of the tractor as he drove through the ditch. The tractor suddenly rolled 180 degrees to the right and came to rest in an inverted position at the bottom of the ditch. After the tractor overturned and pinned the victim underneath it, it caught fire and burned. 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. all mounted equipment not required for the task being performed should be removed from tractors; and 3. side-mounted equipment should be kept on the uphill side of tractors when crossing sloping terrain.
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; Safety-belts; Tractors; Fire-hazards; Fire-safety; 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-94MN048; 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