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Farmer dies after being run over by a tractor.

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 00MN008, 2001 Mar; :1-3
A 60-year-old male farmer (victim) died after he was run over by a tractor. On the day of the incident the victim and his sons were finishing planting their fields. Near the end of the day the victim drove to a nearby farm to get a tractor and digger to prepare a small field for planting. After he arrived at the farm he entered the cab of a four-wheel drive tractor equipped with dual wheels on both the front axle and the rear axle. He turned the ignition key but the tractor's starter failed to operate. On several occasions prior to the incident the starter failed to operate due to improper functioning of a safety switch in the transmission's shift lever linkage. The victim used a two-way radio to contact one of his sons and told him the tractor would not start. The victim's son drove to the location of the tractor to help start it. They decided to activate the starter by contacting the shaft of screwdriver to the terminals of the starter. The victim and his son walked between the front and rear wheels on the left side of tractor. The victim's son stood near the side of the tractor while his father stood in front of the rear wheels and held a flashlight. The victim's son touched the shaft of the screwdriver to the starter terminals and the engine started. The tractor moved forward and knocked both men to the ground. The victim's son rolled to the area directly beneath the tractor. The victim fell to the ground in front of the left rear wheels and was run over by them. The victim's son stood up after the tractor moved past him and he entered the cab of the tractor and stopped it. He used a two-way radio to notify family members of the incident. They placed a call to emergency personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after being notified of the incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. machinery should only be started when a qualified operator is seated in the operator's seat; and 2. machine components and safety equipment should be maintained in proper working order.
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-machinery; Agriculture; Equipment-operators; Farmers; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00MN008; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Minnesota Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division