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Farmer dies when tractor rolls over on sloped terrain.

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 04WI019, 2005 Jun; :1-4
On April 9, 2004, a 52 year-old male died after his tractor rolled over on a sloping terrain in his barnyard. The victim was hauling manure on his farm with his Farmall 806 tricycle-front-end tractor. The victim's wife was gardening approximately 100 yards away and saw her husband motion to her that he had one final load to take to the field before he was done for the day. His wife returned to her work and within seconds she heard the tractor start to roll over. She saw the tractor roll upside down over her husband. She ran over to the tractor and yelled to her 11-year old son to call 911. She called for help as she tried to get him out from under the tractor. There were no neighbors in sight at the time. She ran to the house and notified the emergency medical system (EMS). She quickly returned to her husband and stayed with him until the emergency personnel arrived. They arrived within six minutes after they received the call. A medical helicopter arrived and their physician pronounced the victim dead at the scene. FACE investigators conclude that to help prevent similar occurrences, farmers should: 1. Retrofit all tractors with rollover protection structures (ROPS) and seatbelts. 2. Wear a seat belt when operating a tractor equipped with ROPS. 3. Use extreme care when operating tractors on or near sloped terrain. 4. Be aware of the dangers of fatigue and weariness when operating tractors and take frequent breaks.
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; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Safety-belts; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-04WI019; 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