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Farmer dies after becoming entangled in a power-take-off shaft.

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 01MN004, 2001 Jul; :1-3
A 41-year-old male farmer (victim) died after he became entangled in an unguarded power-take-off (PTO) shaft. The victim and another worker (a truck driver) used a power-take-off driven auger to transfer animal feed pellets from a semi-truck to a farm grain wagon. They were standing in a restricted area between the PTO shaft that powered the auger and the left side of the semi-truck box. The victim apparently stepped slightly back toward the PTO shaft to provide additional room for the truck driver when the truck driver closed the truck's unloading door. When the victim stepped back, the end of the jacket sleeve on his right arm became entangled in the rotating PTO shaft. The truck driver initially tried to grab the victim's legs to free him. He then got on the tractor, disengaged the tractor's PTO shaft and placed a call to emergency medical personnel. They arrived shortly after being notified and freed the victim from the PTO shaft. They transported him by air ambulance to a nearby major medical facility where he died later on the day of the incident. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. all rotating shafts should be covered by shields to prevent workers from becoming entangled; 2. all equipment shields and guards should be kept in good condition and in place, and; 3. operators should not wear loose-fitting clothing near operating machines.
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; Farmers; Tractors; Truck-drivers; Equipment-operators; Clothing; Protective-clothing
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01MN004; 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