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County road maintenance worker died when he was run over by a rotary cutter.

Oklahoma State 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 00OK040, 2001 Jan; :1-4
A 64-year old county road maintenance worker died on July 7, 2000, from injuries received when he was run over by a rotary cutter (brush hog) powered by the tractor that he had been operating. OKFACE investigators concluded that to prevent similar occurrences employers should: 1. Develop written operating procedures for use by employees who operate tractors and similar types of equipment. 2. Train all operators in the use of safe operating procedures and conduct an evaluation of the training. 3. Periodically monitor and evaluate employee conformance with safe operating procedures and provide re-training and corrective action as necessary when the procedures are not followed. 4. Develop and implement a formal occupational health and safety management system that is focused on continual improvement. OKFACE investigators also concluded that tractor manufacturers should: 5. Consider installing as standard equipment an electronic interlock system that shuts off the vehicle motor whenever the transmission is in neutral and the safety belt is disconnected or the seat is dismounted without the parking brake having been set and should offer retrofit packages for vehicles not so equipped.
Region-6; 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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Maintenance-workers; Tractors; Machine-guarding
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-00OK040; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division