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Farmer dies after large round hay bale falls 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 95MN013, 1995 Jul; :1-4
The victim was working alone at the time that the unwitnessed incident occurred. As a result, this report is based upon information obtained during a telephone interview with the victim's son. A 70-year-old male part-time farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when a large round hay bale being moved to a cattle feeding lot fell. The victim used a tractor and loader to move a hay bale into the feeding lot. The tractor was not equipped with a general purpose cab or an enclosed rollover protective structure. The loader bucket was not equipped with a large round bale clamp or bale fork specifically designed to securely hold the bale. The victim tied the bale into the bucket with a 5/8-inch diameter rope. He raised the loader bucket and backed the tractor across the farm yard. As he backed up a slight incline the rear wheels began to spin. The raised bale broke away from the rope which held it in place, tumbled down the loader beams, and struck the victim pinning him in the tractor seat. The victim's wife discovered him shortly after the incident occurred. She called emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene and freed the victim by moving the bale off of the tractor and the victim. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time after the incident. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar incidents, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. operators should use attachments on loaders which are specifically designed for the task being performed; and 2. tractors equipped with loaders should also be equipped with an enclosed rollover protective structure or a general purpose cab.
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; 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-95MN013; 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