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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 95MN049, 1996 Jan; :1-5
The victim was alone at the time that the unwitnessed incident occurred. This report is based on information obtained during a telephone interview with the victim's son and on a review of a copy of the sheriff's department report and copies of their photographs taken at the incident site. A 75-year-old male farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over on him. He was driving a farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with 100 bushels of wheat. The tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure or a general purpose cab. The victim hauled loads of wheat from a field while his son used a combine to harvest the field. A few minutes after the gravity wagon was filled, the victim drove the tractor pulling the wagon from the field. The loads were pulled down the hill of a wet dirt field road. Approximately ten minutes later, the victim's son noticed smoke rising from the other side of the hill in the field road. He drove the combine to the incident site and discovered his father pinned beneath the overturned and burning tractor. Skid marks caused by braking of the tractors rear wheels indicated that the victim used the brakes to slow the speed of the tractor and wagon down the hill. The victim's son drove back to the wheat field where another tractor equipped with a front end loader was parked. He returned to the incident site with the tractor and loader and used the loader to free his father. After his father was freed, he drove to a nearby farm house and placed a call to emergency medical personnel. They arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 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; 2. tractor operators should be trained to recognize and understand the hazards associated with towing items that weigh nearly the same as or more than the tractor; and 3. operators should lock both brake pedals together when driving in slippery conditions.
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; Equipment-operators; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Safety-belts
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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