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A golf course greenskeeper is killed when a tractor rolled over him.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 91CO024, 1991 Oct; :1-2
The 75-year-old golf course greenskeeper was killed while installing rotary mowers on a Jacobsen F10 tractor. The victim was standing between the front and rear wheels of the tractor when he started the tractor to supply power to the power take-off (PTO). The tractor was in gear when the engine was started. The vehicle lurched backward, knocking the victim to the ground. The front wheels rolled over his chest. Two golfers in the immediate area heard him scream for help and rushed to his assistance. A local ambulance was called and the victim was transported to the local hospital where he expired 85 minutes later. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Retrofit the tractor with a switch to prevent starting when the vehicle is in gear; 2. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive written safety program; 3. Survey the work site to identify hazards. All employees should then be informed of the possible hazards and encouraged to report any unsafe work conditions.
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; Protective-equipment; Safety-programs; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-91CO024; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-808518
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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