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Farmer youth dies after being run over by a grass seeder.

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 97MN038, 1997 Dec; :1-3
A 13-year-old farm youth (victim) died of injuries sustained when he was run over by a grass seeder. The victim and an adult coworker used a seeder to seed grass around the perimeter of a recently built earthen waste treatment lagoon. The adult coworker drove a tractor pulling the seeder around the rim of the lagoon. While he pulled the seeder, the victim rode in an area between the seeder and the tractor on the hitch of the seeder to ensure that seed flowed from the entire length of it. While the tractor operator drove forward, the victim used his hand to reach into the open seed compartments and keep the seed evenly distributed inside the compartments. While he was doing this, he apparently lost his balance and fell from the frame of the seeder and was run over by it. Shortly after the victim fell from the machine, the tractor operator noticed him on the ground behind the seeder. After he stopped the tractor he rushed to the victim and then placed a call to emergency medical 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. operators should never allow any passengers to ride along on equipment.
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; Agricultural-processes; Agriculture
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-97MN038; 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