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Young farmer crushed under rolling silage wagon.

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 02IA050, 2004 Mar; :1-5
During the fall of 2002, a 22-year-old farmer was killed while cutting corn silage on his farm. He was working with his brother, chopping silage for their dairy operation. The brother was driving a tractor, pulling the corn chopper and silage wagon. After the wagon was full, they stopped at the edge of the field and the victim disconnected the wagon, planning to hook up an empty wagon nearby. The wagon was on a slight slope and it slowly began to creep forward after disconnecting. The victim first jumped on the tongue, expecting it to dig into the ground and stop the wagon, but it continued to move. He then picked up the tongue, trying to turn the wagon more uphill to stop it from rolling. At this point, he was walking/running backwards in tall grass. His brother yelled to him to get out of the way, but he apparently slipped and his pant leg was caught by the wagon's running gear. The silage wagon continued to roll several hundred feet downhill, dragging the victim along. The brother used a cell phone to call 911, and another relative arrived and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The victim had received multiple blunt force injuries, and was declared dead when he arrived at the hospital. Recommendations based on our investigation are as follows: 1. Silage wagon manufacturers should provide a mechanism to secure the wagon while parked on sloping ground. 2. Silage wagon operators should use chocks or other means to secure wagons on sloping ground. 3. Farmers should not attempt to stop a moving wagon by stepping on the wagon tongue or turning it. 4. Silage wagons should be parked on level ground when possible.
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-operators; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; 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-02IA050; 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