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Farmer dies from burn injuries after tractor he was driving caught fire.

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 97MN011, 1997 Aug; :1-3
An 87-year-old farmer (victim) died of burns he received when the tractor he was driving caught fire. On the day of the incident, the victim drove a farm tractor on a public roadway pulling an empty grain wagon. The tractor was equipped with a vinyl heat shroud designed to partially shelter the tractor operator from outdoor environmental conditions. Apparently as he drove the tractor, the left brake started binding, overheated and caused the vinyl shroud to begin to smolder. The victim turned left and began driving east into a moderate wind that was blowing toward the west. While he drove into the wind, the vinyl shroud burst into flames that spread to the victim's clothing. The victim slowed the tractor and drove it into the ditch on the south side of the road where he brought it to a stop. He got off of the tractor and extinguished the flames from his clothing by rolling in the grass. Due to the extent of the burns on his body, he appeared to have collapsed after extinguishing the flames and was discovered a short time later by a passing motorist. The motorist went to a nearby farm and called emergency personnel. They arrived shortly after being notified and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all equipment should be maintained in good operating condition.
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; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Equipment-operators; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Tractors; Fire-hazards; Burns
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97MN011; 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