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Farmer was killed when pinned by old skid-steer loader.

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 01IA004, 2001 Aug; :1-4
A 69-year-old farmer was found dead while cleaning snow from a hog-sorting pen. The man was driving a small skid-steer loader, which was 20-30 years old. The man was working alone, and details of the incident are unclear. He was found sitting in the operator's seat, leaning to his left, with the left hydraulic lift arm pushing down and crushing his chest against the machine frame. The man's hands were next to the control levers for the machine, which has led family members to suspect he may have lost consciousness prior to being pinned by the machine. There was nothing obviously in the vicinity that the man could have been reaching for. The work surface was flat concrete, and he was moving snow, as he had done many times before with the same machine. He had removed the protective cage on the machine years ago to provide access to an old-style hog house, so there was no protection between the operator and the hydraulic lift arms. He had owned this skid-steer loader for many years, and was very accustomed to using it without the cage. Recommendations based on our investigation are as follows: 1. Owners and operators of skid-steer loaders should not modify factory-installed protective structures, nor alter other built-in safety devices. 2. Owners and operators of skid-steer loaders should be made aware of the multiple dangers of using these machines.
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; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01IA004; 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
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division