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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 95MN032, 1995 Aug; :1-3
The victim was alone at the time that the incident occurred. This report is based upon information obtained during the site investigation interview, an inspection of the incident site, and a review of a written sheriff's department report and copies of their photos of the incident site. A 37-year-old farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over on him. The victim was driving a two-wheel drive farm tractor up a hill on a public gravel road. The tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure or a general purpose enclosed cab. Tire tracks on the road indicated that the tractor gradually travelled to the right side of the road. The right rear wheel left the road surface and entered a steep ditch on the side of the road. A shallow trench on the road surface apparently was created by spinning of the left rear tractor wheel. The trench in the road surface indicated that the victim may have tried to get the tractor back onto the gravel road. The spinning tractor slid further off the road and overturned 180 degrees to the right and into the ditch. The victim was pinned beneath the rear portion of the tractor. The overturned tractor was discovered by a neighbor who was walking along the road. Emergency medical personnel were called and arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. They removed the victim from beneath the tractor and pronounced him dead at the scene. 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.
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; Protective-equipment; 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-95MN032; 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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