An 80-year-old female farm worker (the victim) died after she was pinned under a tractor tire. She had been driving a tractor with front-end loader from a soybean field to the storage shed in the farmyard when she apparently stopped in the farm lane, put the tractor in neutral, and lowered the tractor bucket loader to brake the tractor. Although the event was unwitnessed, apparently she got off the tractor and was standing in front of a rear tire when the tractor began to roll down the slight incline of the lane, and pinned the victim under the tire. About one-half hour after the victim left the field, the victim's husband (the farmer) was driving a tractor from the field to the farmyard when he saw the victim's tractor standing in the farm lane. He then saw the victim lying on the ground underneath the tire. He backed the tractor off her body, removed blood and field debris from her mouth and attempted CPR. She did not respond, so he placed her in the bucket, drove to the farmyard to call 911, and resumed his CPR efforts. EMS responders arrived, the coroner was called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, farmers and farm workers should: 1. Shift the tractor into park, set the brakes and turn off the engine before dismounting from the tractor. For tractors without a park position, farmers should shift into neutral, set the brakes and turn off the engine before dismounting. 2. Seek and use the services of organizations and agencies that provide technical assistance and/or adaptive equipment to agricultural workers with disabling conditions.
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-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Women; Tractors; Disabled-workers; Age-factors