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Elderly part-time farmer dies during fall and subsequent runover by tractor and attached brush-hog.

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 02NY060, 2003 Aug; :1-5
On August 31st, 2002, an 84-year-old part-time farmer died as a result of being run over by a brush hog being pulled behind a tractor. The farmer had been mowing a sloped field of hay at the time of the incident. As he was mowing down the slope he fell forward and off of the tractor. Although the tractor did not hit him, the attached brush hog ran over him, dragging him in the process. The tractor and brush hog then continued down the slope, and stopped upon running into a pick-up truck parked in the farmyard. A neighbor later noticed the tractor and went to see what had happened. Upon discovering the farmer, the neighbor returned home to have his wife call 911. The emergency squad and sheriff's department responded to the scene within approximately 10 minutes. Upon inspection, the county sheriffs notified the coroner who responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead at the location. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future, farmers performing this type of work should: 1. Equip all farm tractors with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and a seatbelt; 2. Avoid operating machinery or heavy equipment when medical conditions are a potential risk factor; 3. Choose job tasks with consideration for worker's health, reaction time, and strength.
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; Tractors; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Safety-belts; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Worker-health; Age-factors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NY060; 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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