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Farmer dies after being pinned between tractor tire and hayrack.

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 95MN070, 1996 Mar; :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 70-year-old male farmer (victim) died from injuries sustained after he was pinned between a rear tractor tire and a hayrack. The victim left his farmyard near mid-day with a tractor and two hayracks and drove to a hay field to fill the racks with large round hay bales. He arrived at the hay field, unhooked the hayracks and began loading bales onto the racks. After he filled the front hayrack and loaded four bales on the second hayrack, he hooked the hayracks to the tractor drawbar. He drove to another location in the field, stopped the tractor and got off of it to unhook the hayracks. When he removed the hitch pin, the hayracks rolled forward and pinned him between the left rear tractor tire and a large round hay bale that extended beyond the edge of the hayrack. The victim's wife became concerned when he did not return from the hay field. She called a neighbor and told him that she hadn't seen her husband since he left the farmyard earlier during the day. The neighbor drove to the hay field and found the victim pinned between the tractor tire and the hayrack. He called emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. They removed the victim and pronounced him dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that in order to reduce the likelihood of similar incidents, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. whenever possible, operators should select terrain that is level when unhitching equipment; and 2. operators should block the wheels of equipment if it must be unhitched on sloping terrain.
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
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95MN070; 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