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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 96MN070, 1996 Nov; :1-4
An 87-year-old farmer (victim) died of injuries he sustained when the tractor he was driving overturned. He used the tractor to pull a trailer into a pasture to repair a fence. After several fence posts and a few hand tools were loaded into the trailer, the victim's son walked around the pasture to chase several cows toward an opening in the fence where they had escaped. While he walked around the pasture, the victim drove the tractor pulling the trailer from the farm yard. The victim drove through a cattle lot and down a hill toward the pasture. He drove along a dirt path through an opening in a fence that divided the lot from the pasture. As the tractor entered the pasture, the tractor began to slide down a steep embankment before it overturned to the left. It came to rest upside down against a tree near the bottom of the embankment. The victim's son, while walking along the pasture fence, heard some commotion from the area of the incident and also heard the tractor engine stop but was not alarmed by the sounds. Approximately 2-3 minutes later, he arrived at the location where he thought his father would have stopped the tractor. He looked around and discovered the overturned tractor and his father underneath it. After examining the scene and realizing that his father was pinned under the tractor, he ran to the farm house and placed a call to emergency medical personnel. He then drove another tractor equipped with a front-end loader to the scene and used it to lift the front end of the overturned tractor high enough to free his father. Shortly after the victim was freed, emergency personnel arrived and pronounced the victim dead. 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; and 2. tractor operators should be trained to recognize and understand the hazards associated with towing items.
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; Personal-protection; 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-96MN070; 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