Cattle ranch employee was fatally injured while moving a one ton bale of hay with a tractor mounted front end loader.
NIOSH 1990 Aug; :1-2
On February 20,1989, a 46 year old cattle ranch employee was fatally injured while moving a one ton bale of hay with a tractor mounted front end loader equipped with forks. The fatal accident occurred on a Tuesday morning at approximately 1140 hours. The victim was using a model 2040 John Deere tractor, with a modified front end loader to move and place one ton bales of hay on a pickup for transportation to another location. The tractor was not equipped with rear wheel weights and the victim was experiencing some loss of traction due to poor weight distribution. While the victim was backing the tractor with a bale on the forks he struck another bale on the ground. When the victim turned to look behind him he did not remove his hand from the loader's hydraulic controls and inadvertently continued to raise the bale. When the loader reached the upper lift limit the bale tumbled backwards off the forks and crushed the victim. 1. The tractor used to move bales should be equipped with a roll-over cage. 2. Rear wheel weights should be installed on the tractor.
Region-8; 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; Equipment-reliability; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Tractors; Cattle-industry
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment