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A farm owner/operator in Colorado died of suffocation when his clothing became entangled in the machinery he was attempting to adjust.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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 92CO025, 1992 Oct; :1-2
The 42-year-old farmer was fatally injured when he attempted to adjust the spacing on the cultivator he was using. The deceased had stopped the forward motion of the tractor but left the tractor run. He then raised the cultivator in order to adjust the hilling wings. The cultivator was equipped with a hydraulic powered weeder bar that functioned off of the tractors power take-off (PTO). As the deceased was exiting from under the cultivator his jacket caught on the connecting bolt of the rotating weeder bar and twisted to the point of strangulation. When coworkers found the deceased the county sheriff and coroner were notified. The deceased was pronounced dead at the scene. The Colorado Department of Health (CDH) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure that all power sources are shut off prior to making adjustments to machinery. 2. Develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive written safety program. 3. Employers should conduct a job site survey on a regular basis to identify potential hazards, implement appropriate control measures, and provide subsequent training to employees that specifically addresses all identified site hazards.
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-92CO025; 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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