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Farmer dies when skidsteer loader overturns.

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 01WI019, 2002 Aug; :1-3
A male farmer (the victim) died when the skidsteer loader he was operating overturned in a field on his farm. The victim was apparently planning to move a pile of stones on a hill. When he drove the loader uphill with the bucket raised in a high position, the loader tipped over backwards. The restraint bar on the loader was lowered, but the seatbelt was unfastened at the time of the incident. The victim struck his head on the back of the loader cage when the machine overturned, and he lost consciousness. His position in the cab caused his airway to be closed off, so he was unable to breathe. A family member who was working in an adjacent field found the overturned loader, with the victim nonresponsive. He used a two-way radio to alert other co-workers, then went to a phone to call for EMS services. First responders were on the scene within four minutes. The coroner was called, and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The FACE investigator concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, farmers who use skidsteer loaders should : 1. Always keep the seat belt fastened and the restraint bar in place when operating the skidsteer loader. 2. Travel and turn with the bucket in the lowest position possible. 3. Travel straight up or down hills with the heavy end of the load uphill.
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; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Safety-belts
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01WI019; 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