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Farmer dies from injuries sustained after being attacked by a bull.
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 95MN034, 1995 Oct; :1-4
The victim was alone at the time that the incident occurred. This report is based upon a review of a written sheriff's department report, and a review of their photos and video tape of the incident site. Additional information was obtained during an interview with the county sheriff who responded to the scene. A 41-year-old farmer (victim) died after he was attacked and injured by one or more bull. The bulls escaped when they pushed down a section of a lot fence that consisted of steel cattle panels wired to steel fence posts. The victim was tilling a field in preparation for spring planting when he noticed that several bulls had gotten out of the fenced lot. He drove his tractor to the edge of his farm place, stopped, got off of it, and began to herd the animals toward the fenced lot. He herded the animals between several parallel confinement buildings that were approximately 40 to 50 feet apart. When he was near the middle of the area between the confinement buildings, one or more of the bulls turned and charged the victim. He was unable to avoid the bull(s) and was knocked to the ground within several feet of one of the confinement buildings. He may have been repeatedly attacked by the animal(s) since there were many fresh hoof prints in the area near where he was found. The victim's wife discovered him but was unable to get near him because of the aggressive bulls. She placed a call to emergency personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after they were notified. They reached the victim after the bulls were safely herded from the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and it was determined that he probably died a short time before being found by his wife. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. livestock lot fences should be constructed of sufficient strength to contain all animals confined within the fenced area; and 2. livestock lot fences should be routinely inspected and maintained.
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; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture
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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