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Landscape laborer dies when the tractor he is driving overturns.

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 95CO094, 1996 May; :1-3
On November 6, 1995 a 45-year-old laborer for a landscaping company died from injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over on him. The deceased was using a John Deere model 2440 tractor equipped with a front bucket and rear grading blade. He had filled the bucket with dirt and was backing away from the dirt pile when the tractor rolled over. The terrain on which the tractor was located was sloping at an angle of 13 to 17 degrees. He had the bucket approximately six feet above ground level as he backed up and turned the vehicle. Skid marks in the dirt indicated that he was backing at an excessive speed for the terrain. Because the bucket was in an elevated position, the tractor's center of gravity was high. These two factors contributed to the tractor turning over. The tractor was not equipped with a roll over protection system (ROPS) and the driver was crushed by the tractor seat and controls. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Equip all tractors with a roll over protection system and a seat belt. 2. Ensure that tractors equipped with buckets are operated with the bucket in the lowest possible position. 3. Develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive written safety program that includes, but is not limited to, training on all equipment to be utilized. 4. 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 hazards.
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; Safety-programs; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Training; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Tractors; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-95CO094; 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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