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Farmer dies after being run over by tractor and stalk chopper.

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 95MN069, 1996 May; :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, and a review of their photos of the incident site. A 53-year-old farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained when he was run over by a tractor and a stalk chopper. The tractor was equipped with an enclosed rollover protective structure cab and a seatbelt. The victim began chopping stalks in a harvested corn field on the day of the incident. The tractor was operated with the transmission in sixth gear and the throttle at it's highest speed position. After he had been working for several hours, he arrived at one end of the field with the tractor and chopper. At the end of the field, the victim apparently was either thrown from or fell from the tractor. The tractor and chopper continued to travel in a circular pattern across an adjoining field and the field where the victim had been working. The tractor eventually traveled into a neighbors farm yard and collided with a partially disassembled combine. The farm owner heard the collision, investigated and discovered the tractor lodged on the combine. The farmer called emergency personnel who arrived shortly after being notified. They stopped the tractor and followed the path left in the fields by the chopper. They discovered the victim at the location where he apparently either fell or was thrown from the tractor. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. tractor operators should maintain safe operating speeds at all times; and 2. tractor operators should use seatbelts when operating tractors equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seatbelt.
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-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Tractors; Equipment-operators; Safety-belts; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN069; 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