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Farmer dies after he is run over by tractor in farmyard in Wisconsin.

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 95WI073, 1996 Mar; :1-3
A 63-year-old male farmer (the victim) died after being run over by a tractor. He was working in the farmyard, next to a machine shed, while repairing a self-unloading forage wagon. He used the front-end loader on an International 656 tractor to lift the wagon for repair, then propped a board under the wagon to prevent its collapse. The tractor was turned off, but apparently left in third gear. After completing some repairs, he stood next to the tractor in front of the right rear tire, and turned the key to start the tractor so he could raise the bucket. The tractor lurched forward and ran over the victim. The victim's son had been working nearby in the barn and came to investigate when he heard the tractor engine running at a high speed. He found his father lying injured on the ground. Before he died, the victim briefly told his son how the incident had occurred. Emergency medical services were summoned and arrived within fifteen minutes. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, farm tractor operators should: 1. Be seated in the operator's seat before starting a tractor. 2. Place the transmission in neutral or park and follow the manufacturer's starting procedure. 3. Keep the tractor's starting system in repair. In addition, farmers and farm workers with functional limitations caused by illness or injury should: 4. 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; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95WI073; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division