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Contractor dies in tractor overturn while skidding logs.

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 02NY055, 2003 Mar; :1-5
On August 14, 2002, a 45-year-old male contractor died from traumatic asphyxia after being crushed in a tractor overturn. The victim had been skidding logs on a farm property for a few months prior to the incident. On the day of the incident, the victim had been dragging a log up an incline when the tractor he was operating overturned to the rear crushing the victim in the operator position. The victim's body was trapped between the ground and the weight of the tractor. The elderly farm owner discovered the victim while walking on the farm lane. The local fire rescue squad and the county sheriff responded but could find no signs of life. Equipment was brought in to remove the tractor from on top of the victim. The coroner was also called to the scene and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, contractors performing this type of work should: 1. Equip all tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS) in order to protect the operator from injury in the event of a tractor overturn. Seatbelts are an integral part of ROPS protection and should be worn by tractor operators while working. 2. Utilize proper hitching and pulling techniques while pulling heavy objects such as logs. 3. Evaluate working conditions and utilize properly sized and suitable equipment for pulling heavy objects.
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; Equipment-operators; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Safety-belts
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NY055; 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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