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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 95MN039, 1995 Sep; :1-3
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, a review of copies of their photos of the incident and a telephone interview with a sheriff's deputy who responded to the scene. A 47-year-old part-time farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving overturned. He used a farm tractor and loader to move a large round hay bale into a steel feed bunk located in a farm pasture. The tractor was not equipped with a general purpose enclosed cab or a rollover protective structure. A front-end loader, equipped with a general purpose bucket was mounted on the tractor. The victim loaded a large round hay bale into the loader bucket and drove the tractor through the pasture. Scattered throughout the sod pasture were numerous rocks of varying sizes that were partially exposed. While the victim drove the tractor across inclined terrain that sloped to the tractor's right, the left rear wheel drove over an exposed rocks. The additional tilt of the tractor when the wheel traveled over the rock caused the tractor to overturn. It overturned 180 degrees to the right and came to rest upside down. The victim was pinned to the ground beneath the right side loader frame. The victim's wife and another woman observed the tractor overturn from a farm house window. They immediately called emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. The victim was removed from under the tractor and pronounced 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; and 2. while in motion, tractors with loaders should be operated with the loader in the lowest possible position.
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; 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-95MN039; 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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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division