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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 95MN002, 1995 May; :1-6
A 52-year-old male farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over on him. The victim was driving a farm tractor pulling an empty feed wagon. The tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure or a general purpose enclosed cab. The farm yard where the incident occurred was covered with a layer of packed snow. In addition, sleet and freezing rain several days before the incident left the entire farm yard very slippery. On the morning of the incident the victim started the tractor and drove it with the attached feed wagon out of a pole barn and along the south side of the barn. When he reach the west end of the pole barn, he turn to the right and drove down a gradually inclined driveway toward two silos. Apparently, either while the victim turned the tractor north or as he began driving down the yard driveway, the tractor began to slide. The tractor slid off the driveway, overturned 180 degrees to it's left side and pinned the victim underneath it. An individual vacating a second house on the farm discovered the overturned tractor shortly after the incident occurred. He immediately notified the victim's brother who was working in another farm building. Emergency medical personnel were called and arrived at the scene approximately 15 to 20 minutes later. Before they arrived, the victim's brother used a tractor equipped with a front-end loader to raise one side of the overturned tractor. He removed the victim from underneath it and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Shortly after emergency medical personnel arrived, resuscitation efforts were discontinued and the victim was pronounced dead. MN FACE investigators concluded that 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. tractors should be equipped with tire chains when driven in slippery conditions; and 3. operators should lock both brake pedals together before driving in slippery conditions.
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; Safety-belts; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division