A 74-year-old male farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a field drag section which stuck to a rear tire of the tractor he was driving. The tractor was not equipped with either a rollover protective structure or a general purpose cab. A front-end loader, equipped with a general purpose bucket, was mounted on the tractor. He was assembling sections of a field drag in an open area near his farm grove. He placed the sections in the loader bucket to haul them from the farm grove. While hauling a section of the drag from the grove, the section fell from the bucket. Apparently he didn't notice it fall from the bucket. As he drove forward, the left front and left rear tractor tires drove over the section. The drag tines punctured the rear tire and apparently the drag section stuck to the rear tire. As he continued driving forward, the drag section was carried up and around the rear tire and struck the victim in the back of the head. He was knocked from the tractor and was found dead in the area where he was assembling the drag sections. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all items, such as equipment, machines, construction material, rocks, etc., hauled in loader buckets should be tied or chained securely to the bucket; and 2. tractors equipped with loaders should also be equipped with an enclosed rollover protective structure or a general purpose cab.
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