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Farmer killed after fall from and run over by a moving windrower.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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 92WI102, 1993 Sep; :1-3
A 63 year old white male farmer fell when he attempted to jump onto a moving International 5000 windrower driven by a neighbor but owned by the farmer. When he recognized that his neighbor was unable to control the machine, the farmer climbed the fixed ladder attached to the cab to reach the controls. The farmer then lost his balance and fell approximately 6 feet to loose soil where the left front tire of the windrower ran over his head and body. The deputy sheriff was first to arrive at the site and given the massive trauma caused by the run over that was clearly not consistent with life, canceled the EMS ambulance and summoned the coroner. The coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Approximately 27 minutes had e lapsed when the coroner arrived. The Wisconsin FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Conduct a jobsite survey to identify potential hazards. All hazards should be removed or controls placed that will ensure a safe work environment. 2. Train all workers in comprehensive safety hazard recognition. Specifically train workers to operate machinery prior to independent use of the machinery. 3. Provide and enforce written safety policies. Included in these policies would be a policy prohibiting riding on non-passenger parts of machinery and prohibiting the use of alcohol prior to or during the operation of machinery.
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; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Training; Safety-programs; Alcoholic-beverages; Substance-abuse
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92WI102; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
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