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Farmer dies when he is pinned under his tractor that rolled over on an incline.

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 04WI067, 2005 Sep; :1-4
On September 10, 2004, a 62 year-old farmer died after his tractor rolled over on an incline and pinned him underneath. He was spraying weeds along the edge of his field, at approximately a 25-degree angle on a hill with an Allis Chalmers WD45, tricycle-front-end tractor. The container of weed spray was attached to the back of the seat of the tractor. The tractor was not equipped with a cab or rollover protection structure (ROPS). When her husband did not return home, the victim's wife became worried and contacted neighbors and then the sheriff's department. Having no success in locating the victim, the helicopter from a nearby hospital was contacted. The emergency personnel arrived in the helicopter equipped with spotlights to join the search. The tractor was located upside-down in tall weeds down the incline of a hill. The victim was found pinned underneath the tractor. Emergency medical persons were present when the victim was located and they examined the victim. No signs of life were found. The medical examiner was contacted and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The FACE investigator concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, farmers should: 1. Only use tractors that are fully equipped with an operator restraint system and rollover protective structures (ROPS). 2. Wear a seat belt when operating a tractor equipped with a ROPS. 3. Use extreme caution when operating tractors on or near sloped terrain or embankments. 4. Use caution when pulling or carrying any equipment attached to the tractor.
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-04WI067; 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