On June 20, 2001, a 72-year-old male employee of a country club maintenance department (the victim) was fatally injured while showing a new employee how to operate a tractor. The victim, standing in between the left front and left rear wheels of the tractor had the new employee start the tractor, then reached over the new employee and placed the tractor in what he thought was neutral. The victim then instructed the new employee to take his foot off the clutch, causing the tractor to lunge forward running over the victim. A call was placed for emergency assistance and emergency responders arrived within minutes to the site. The victim, conscious and alert requested to be transported to a local hospital. He was subsequently transported to a larger hospital where he died a few hours later. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1. Evaluate the safety of all company owned tractors and retrofit older models with new safety equipment in accordance with manufacture's specifications. 2. Develop, implement, and enforce a standard operating procedure (SOP), which would include but not be limited to, prohibiting employees from standing in-between the front and rear wheels of a tractor while starting the tractor or while the tractor is running. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a standard employee training program for training equipment operators. 4. Develop, implement and enforce a written comprehensive health and safety program.
Region-1; 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-operators; Training; Tractors; Maintenance-workers; Safety-programs; Equipment-design