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Farm equipment mechanic dies from injuries sustained after tractor overturned.

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 95MN007, 1995 Jun; :1-4
A 64-year-old male farm equipment mechanic (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving overturned in a ditch. The tractor was not equipped with either a rollover protective structure or a general purpose cab. The incident occurred when the victim was delivering the tractor to the owner after he had performed routine maintenance at a farm implement dealership. The victim lost control of the tractor while driving over an ice-covered portion of the gravel country road he was traveling on. The tractor slid into the ditch, overturned, threw the victim forward into the ditch, and came to rest on top of the victim. The victim was removed from the incident site by emergency medical personnel and transported to a hospital where he died approximately three hours after the incident occurred. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of a similar incident, the following actions should be taken: 1. all tractors should be equipped with a rollover protection structure and operator restraint system; and 2. farm equipment should be operated at reduced speeds when traveling on potentially hazardous roads or roads of changing condition.
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; Farmers; Tractors; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Protective-equipment; Mechanics; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN007; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division