Farm worker dies from burns received while fighting range fire.
NIOSH 1990 Sep; :1-2
A 74-year-old male farm worker died at a local hospital from burns that he incurred while fighting a range fire. The victim was using a tractor equipped with a blade to create a fire break. As he neared the edge of the field he turned the tractor into the wind to come back across the field. As he executed the turn, the wind-driven range fire overtook the tractor. The victim jumped from the vehicle into the burning grass. The victim's clothing caught fire and he suffered 2nd and 3rd degree over 40% of his body. The CDH investigator concluded that, in order to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive safety program that includes worker training in recognizing and avoiding hazards including those associated with fire fighting.
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; Burns; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Fire-protection; Fire-safety; Farmers; Tractors; Safety-programs; Training
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