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Farmer electrocuted while working on a bale conveyor.

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 95MN040, 1995 Oct; :1-4
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 an interview with a county sheriff's deputy who responded to the scene. A 37-year-old farmer (victim) was electrocuted while working on a bale conveyor. The victim and his son were performing general maintenance on the bale conveyor in the hayloft of a farm barn. The conveyor was suspended horizontally near the peak or ridge of the barn roof. It was powered by an electric motor that was mounted on a metal frame of the conveyor. Although the conveyor was mounted in a permanent configuration in the hayloft, electrical power was provided via a long electrical cord and/or an extension cord. The electrical cord insulation was frayed near the motor and apparently contacted the metal frame on which the electric motor was mounted. While they worked on the conveyor, the victim's son told his father that he received an electrical shock when he contacted the conveyor. The victim touched the conveyor, completed a path to ground and received an electrical shock. The electrical shock caused him to fall from a stack of bales on which he was standing. The victim's son heard his father call for help and immediately ran and turned off the circuit breakers that controlled power to the conveyor. He notified his mother of the incident and she placed a call to emergency personnel. Emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene approximately 10 minutes after being notified. They performed resuscitation efforts at the scene and while the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour after the incident occurred. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all electrical equipment and circuits should be de-energized and tested before any repair or maintenance services are performed; 2. wherever possible, electrical outlets should be installed in the vicinity of permanently installed electrical equipment; and 3. electrical equipment and components should be routinely inspected and repaired.
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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Electric-properties; Electrical-conductivity; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-insulation; Electrical-resistance; Electrical-safety; Electrical-shock; Electricity
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN040; 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