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Farmer dies after being run over by tractor.

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 94MN074, 1995 Mar; :1-3
A 57-year-old male part-time farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained after he was knocked down and run over by a farm tractor. The victim had operated the tractor earlier on the day of the incident. The tractor engine had been stopped, and the transmission was either left in a forward gear or while the tractor was stopped, the transmission was shifted into gear. The victim apparently thought the tractor's transmission was shifted into PARK. He stood in front of one of the rear wheels, turned the ignition key to the ON position, and pushed the start button. The engine started, and when it accelerated to an operating speed, power was transferred through the "automatic" type transmission to the rear wheels. The tractor moved forward and knocked the victim to the ground. The rear wheel that struck the victim traveled across his pelvis and part of his chest causing serious crushing injuries. Emergency medical personnel were notified and arrived at the scene shortly after the incident occurred. The victim was transported to a local hospital and then flown to a major medical center where he died several hours later. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. machinery should only be started when a qualified operator is seated in the operator's seat; and 2. machine components and safety equipment should be maintained in proper working order.
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; Equipment-reliability; Personal-protective-equipment; 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-94MN074; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division