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Farm worker electrocuted while repairing bale conveyor electrical cord.

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 99MN039, 1999 Nov; :1-3
A 45-year-old farmer (victim) was electrocuted at his brother's farm. The victim was working alone at the time of the incident. He had just had lunch with his brothers and was repairing an electrical cord on a bale conveyor. The conveyor was going to be used to unload a rack of bales into the barn loft. It appeared that the victim had tried to replace the plug on the bale elevator cord, possibly earlier on the day of the incident. The victim may have sprayed a commercial lubricant on the plug prior to loosening three screws on it. The plug also had the ground prong broken off. It is unclear why he did not finish changing the plug prior to unloading the rack, but it appears that he may have had some difficulty removing one of the three screws. When one of the brothers left the house a short time later he found the victim lying on the ground and immediately called rescue personnel. Rescue personnel arrived shortly after being called and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. electrical cord plugs should be dry before being inserted into energized electrical outlets or extension cords; 2. all electrical equipment and circuits should be de-energized and tested before any repair or maintenance services are performed; and 3. electrical equipment and components should be routinely inspected and repaired.
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; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agriculture; Farmers; Electrical-hazards; Electrical-properties; Electricity; Electrocutions
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99MN039; 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