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Tractor overturn kills temporary worker.

Nebraska Department of Labor
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 98NE029, 1998 Nov; :1-4
A 18-year-old physical plant helper at a community college was killed when the tractor he was operating overturned in a ditch and landed on top of him. He was crushed under the right rear wheel of the tractor. The victim was transporting a round bale of hay (approximately 1,200 pounds) that was on the back of the tractor. The tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS). The victim had been driving the tractor on a paved surface and it departed the left side of the roadway and rolled over in a ditch. A coworker went looking for the victim and found him under the tractor. He called out to the victim but did not receive a response. The coworker then went back to his office (less than a half mile from the accident scene) and called 911. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Nebraska Department of Labor Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Employers should ensure tractors are equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and operator restraint systems. 2. Employers should ensure all personnel are thoroughly trained on equipment before allowing them to operate the equipment unsupervised. 3. Employers should develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes all employees (both permanent, part-time and temporary).
Region-7; 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; Safety-programs; Training; Equipment-operators; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-98NE029; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Nebraska Department of Labor
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division