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Farmer slips while climbing into tractor and is run over and killed.

Iowa Department of Public Health
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 95IA042, 1996 May; :1-2
A 76-year-old farmer, working alone, was killed when his tractor ran over him. He was combining corn and had just hooked up a grain wagon to his tractor. While climbing into his tractor cab, he apparently slipped and reached out accidentally grabbing the gear shift lever in the cab, jamming the lever into first gear. The tractor lurched forward and the farmer fell off the steps of the tractor and was run over by the left rear wheel of the tractor, killing him instantly. The tractor had been left in neutral and not in park while the farmer hooked up the wagon. From the neutral position it was easy for the man to jam the lever into first gear without using the clutch. It was quite muddy that day and the farmer was wearing a pair of old tennis shoes which may have been a factor in the accident. The tractor continued moving forward in first gear and crashed into other grain wagons at the edge of the field. The victim was found by a farmhand, dead from obvious head injuries. Recommendations following our investigation were as follows: 1. Tractor transmissions should always be put in park before dismounting to hook up equipment or make adjustments. 2. Control levers should have proper knobs on their ends to facilitate comfortable movement.
Region-7; 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-design; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95IA042; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-708674
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Iowa Department of Public Health
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