Farm youth dies after falling from and being run over by tractor in Minnesota.
NIOSH 2000 Nov; :1-4
An 18-year-old male farm youth (victim) died of injuries sustained after he fell from and was run over by a tractor. He was driving a four wheel drive tractor equipped with an enclosed cab on a public road. A large machine known as a digger was hooked to the tractor's drawbar. The victim was driving the tractor south on a public road approaching an intersection with an east/west road. Before reaching the intersection the tractor entered the ditch on the right (west) side of the road. It traveled into the ditch and then into a field adjacent to the ditch. The tractor traveled in a southerly direction until it reached the east/west road. It crossed the east/west road traveling south and entered the ditch on the south side of the road. After crossing the road the tractor began a gradual turn to the left (east) as it traveled through another vacant field. After traveling east about 650 feet, it turned to the north toward the road that it had previously crossed. Before it again crossed the east/west road, the victim fell from the tractor cab and was apparently run over by the left rear dual wheels and the digger. After the tractor again crossed the east/west road, it became stuck in a wet spot in the field. A passing motorist noticed the victim lying in the field. He placed a call to emergency personnel who arrived at the scene shortly after being notified. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. During the investigation it was learned that approximately one year prior to the incident, the victim had been diagnosed with a seizure disorder that remained untreated. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. persons with medical conditions should not operate machines and equipment if their condition might prevent them from safely operating the machine or equipment; and 2. operators of tractors that are equipped with a rollover protective structure and a seat belt should always use the seat belt while operating the tractor.
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; Safety-belts; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Minnesota Department of Health