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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 96MN071, 1996 Nov; :1-3
A 59-year-old farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving overturned. He used a farm tractor and loader to move a large round hay bale into a cattle lot. The tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seat belt. The victim picked up a large round hay bale with the loader and drove the tractor into a cattle lot. Since the incident occurred after dark, the victim may have raised the loader and bale to a height above the top of the tractor hood so the bale did not interfere with the illumination provided by the tractor lights. While the victim drove through the cattle lot, the tractor overturned 180 degrees to the right and came to rest upside down. The victim was pinned to the ground beneath the left side loader frame and the left rear wheel of the tractor. The following morning, a passing motorist discovered the overturned tractor and called emergency medical personnel. Rescue personnel arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. They removed the victim from under the tractor and pronounced him dead at the scene. 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. while in motion, tractors with loaders should be operated with the loader in the lowest possible position.
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-96MN071; 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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