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Farmer dies after he is run over by tractor in farm field 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 95WI082, 1996 Apr; :1-3
A 69-year-old male farmer (the victim) died after being run over by a tractor. He had driven the tractor with an empty chopper wagon to a field to chop corn, and had hooked the wagon to the corn chopper. The event was unwitnessed, but apparently the tractor rolled forward over him, causing crushing chest injuries. He was able to get back on the tractor and drive approximately 1/4 mile home. He got off the tractor at home and used a cordless phone to call for emergency services. Emergency medical technicians (EMT's) found him sitting in a chair at home. The victim spoke a few words to the EMT's, telling them he had been run over by the tractor, and specifying the hospital to take him to. He died in the ambulance, while en route to the hospital. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, farm tractor operators should: 1. Place the transmission in park. 2. Evaluate all hazards in area. 3. Keep the tractor's braking system in repair.
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-95WI082; 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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