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Farm youth dies after becoming entangled in the unloading beaters of a forage wagon.

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 05MN010, 2005 Apr; :1-3
A 17-year-old farm youth died after he became entangled in the unloading beaters of a forage wagon. The victim was working near a barn and used a tractor and a power-take-off (PTO) driven forage wagon to deliver forage to cows in a barn. The self-unloading wagon was equipped with two unloading beaters mounted across the front of it. The beaters broke apart the forage in the wagon as two chain conveyors on the floor of the wagon moved the forage to the front of the wagon. At the time of the incident, the forage wagon was nearly empty. One of the conveyor chains on the floor of the wagon had broken and as a result, the forage would not move forward toward the unloading beaters. As a result, the victim entered the forage wagon to shovel the contents from the wagon while the unloading beaters continued to operate. The victim's step-father was working inside the barn and heard the victim scream. He ran outside and discovered the victim caught in the beaters. He stopped the tractor's PTO drive and then ran to the farmhouse and placed a 911 call. He returned to the victim who told him that he leaned over the top beater to determine if he needed to shovel any more of the forage from the wagon. When he leaned over the top beater bar, his jacket became caught in one of the tines of the top beater. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene shortly after being called and assisted in freeing and removing the victim. After the victim was freed, he was placed in an air ambulance helicopter and airlifted to a major medical facility. After he arrived at the medical facility and was admitted, he died several hours later from the injuries he received during the incident. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. Operators should, whenever possible disengage the power-take-off before dismounting from a tractor. 2. Working youth should only be assigned age appropriate tasks, and; 3. Workers should not wear loose-fitting clothing near or while 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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Tractors; Clothing; Children
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05MN010; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division