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Farmer youth dies after being struck by a loader bucket.

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 95MN046, 1995 Nov; :1-5
A 17-year-old farm youth (victim) died of injuries sustained when he was struck by a bucket that fell from a front-end loader. On the day of the incident, the operator of a farm drove a tractor equipped with a front end loader to a farm site to haul some items. Shortly before the incident, the bucket was connected to a quick-connect coupling mechanism on the loader, but it was not secured in place with locking pins. After attaching the bucket, the farm operator drove the tractor between two farm sites. The victim apparently rode along on the tractor between the farm sites. When they arrived at the second farm site, they stopped at a closed farm gate and the victim got off the tractor and opened the gate. The operator drove the tractor through the opened gate and the victim closed it. The victim climbed into the bucket and the tractor operator raised the loader to a height of approximately five feet. The operator drove the tractor down a gravel driveway toward the farm site. It was not known how fast the tractor was driven down the gravel driveway. Along the way, the front wheels struck a bump that caused the loader to bounce and the bucket to unhook from the quick-connect mechanism. The victim fell from the bucket to the ground and was struck by the bucket as it fell to the ground. The tractor operator stopped and manually lifted the bucket from the victim. The operator drove back to the first farm site and placed a call to emergency medical personnel. They arrived shortly after being notified and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. operators should never allow any passengers to ride along on equipment; and 2. all equipment locking devices should be properly installed before the equipment is used.
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-workers; Agriculture; Equipment-operators; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN046; 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