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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 98MN018, 1998 Mar; :1-3
A 71-year-old farmer (victim) died of injuries he sustained when the tractor he was driving overturned. On the day of the incident, the victim was driving a farm tractor that was pulling an empty gravity flow wagon on a gravel surfaced public road. The tractor was approximately 10 years old and was equipped with an enclosed rollover-protective cab and a seat belt. However, at the time of the incident, the victim was not wearing the seat belt. While the victim drove east on the road, the right wheels of the tractor gradually left the surface of the road. The right side wheels entered a ditch on the south side of the road and the tractor overturned into a culvert. A resident of the area was driving west on the road and noticed the tractor lying on its side. He immediately returned to his residence and placed a call to emergency rescue personnel. They arrived at the scene 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 of tractors equipped with ROPS and a seat belt should always use the seat belt; and 2. operators of tractors should maintain safe operating speeds at all times.
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-workers; Training; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Equipment-operators; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-belts; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98MN018; 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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