A 51-year-old male, part-time farmer (the victim) was crushed when a farm tractor overturned and pinned him. He was driving the tractor from a field to the farmyard, and turned off the driveway to pass around an automobile parked in the tractor's path. At the point where he left the driveway, the grassy hillside sloped approximately 30 degrees downhill. To maneuver around the car, the farmer started to drive in a curve down and across the slope of the hill. The tractor, which was not equipped with roll over protection structures (ROPS) or a seat belt, overturned on its side, pinning the farmer underneath. The farmer's wife was in the farmyard, heard a crashing noise, and turned to see the victim pinned under the overturned tractor. She drove her auto toward a neighbor's home to summon help, but skidded into a ditch on the way. The neighbor was passing by in his vehicle at that time, and stopped to assist the victim's wife. Emergency services were called, and additional neighbors arrived to help free the victim from underneath the tractor. The coroner pronounced the victim dead at the scene, and his wife was transported to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries she incurred when her automobile left the road. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, farmers and other tractor operators should: 1. Evaluate hazards and take precautions to avoid driving tractors across steep slopes. 2. Drive tractors that have been equipped with rollover protection structures (ROPS) and an operator restraint system In addition, farm family members should: 3. Prepare for emergency situations by collecting information on community emergency response resources and maintaining a phone list for quick access.
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; Tractors