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Part-time farm worker dies during tractor overturn.

New York State Department of Health/Health Research Incorporated
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 02NY023, 2003 Jan; :1-5
On Tuesday, April 16th, 2002, a 72-year-old part-time farmer died as a result of a tractor overturn. The victim had been brush-hogging the outer edge of a pasture when the tractor was driven onto an embankment that gave way, causing the tractor to roll over. The tractor rolled down the embankment, crushing the operator during the initial 180 degrees of rolling. His brother, who heard the crashing sound of the tractor rolling down the embankment, discovered the victim soon after and had someone call the emergency squad, which responded within minutes. The county coroner was called and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) investigators concluded that to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, the following recommendations should be followed: 1. Equip all tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and a seatbelt; 2. Evaluate the terrain prior to beginning an operation with a tractor, and mark hidden hazards for visibility; 3. Provide workers with age appropriate tasks.
Region-2; 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; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Tractors; Age-factors; Age-groups; Equipment-operators; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Safety-belts
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NY023; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-220784
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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New York State Department of Health/Health Research Incorporated
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