Farmer dies when pinned between arm and frame of a skid steer loader.
NIOSH 2003 Dec; :1-3
On August 14, 2002, a 73 year-old dairy farmer (victim) was pinned between the bucket arm of a skid steer loader and the machine frame. He was changing a fork attachment to the bucket on the loader while standing in front of the loader, lowering the arms without being seated in the cab area. From birth he had been blind in one eye and lost some vision in the other eye about four months before the incident. Nine months before the incident, he lost strength in his left arm and leg. While his arm and leg had improved, at the time of the incident he was clumsier than he had been and had decreased physical skills and strength. He had lost a significant amount of weight in the months preceding the incident, but the interlock bars on the skid steer loader remained loose from the time when he had a larger girth. His wife was concerned when he didn't return to the house as expected, and when she found him she immediately went to the house to call EMS. The first responders began resuscitation and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. FACE investigators concluded that, to help prevent similar occurrences, farmers and employers should: 1. Remain seated in the operator's compartment while operating the loader. 2. Operate the loader with the seat belt fastened and restraint bars down in place. 3. Seek and use the services of organizations and agencies that provide technical assistance and/or adaptive equipment to agricultural workers with disabling conditions. Additionally, farm safety resources should: 4. Use agricultural news media programs, publications and community gatherings as opportunities to distribute information about working safely with skid steer loaders.
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; Farmers; Age-factors; Safety-belts; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Disabled-workers
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services