Farmer crushed by stock shredder.
NIOSH 1999 Jul; :1-3
A 71-year-old farmer (who also worked as a truck driver) was killed when a stock shredder he was working on descended and crushed him. He had raised it hydraulically and was working underneath it. The shredder was not blocked up and the hydraulic shutoff valves to the tractor (to which the shredder was attached) were not shut off. It appears the hydraulics on the tractor leaked at the connection which allowed the shredder to slowly fall on the victim. The victim was declared dead at the scene. The Nebraska Department of Labor Investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences workers should: 1. ensure equipment, with a potential to fall, is properly blocked/chocked up prior to getting under it. 2. ensure appropriate shutoff valves are shut off prior to working on associated equipment. 3. ensure periodic maintenance and pre-task inspections are performed.
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; Machine-operation; Machine-guarding; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Tractors; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Nebraska Department of Labor