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Farm worker dies during manure truck 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 02NY069, 2003 Jul; :1-6
On October 15th, 2002, a 28-year-old farm employee was involved in a fatal tractor-trailer rollover. The employee was using a tractor-trailer to transport liquid manure from an on-farm manure storage pit to a field location for spreading when the incident occurred. At the time of the incident, the victim was still on the roadway between the farm and field location and was attempting to make a 90 degree turn in the road when the tractor-trailer rolled over, coming to rest on the driver's side. The victim was trapped partially in the cab of the manure truck, and as the window had been open, the victim's head was outside and underneath the door of the truck. The owner of the farm was at the accident location, and immediately called for help. The emergency squad arrived within eight minutes; the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner. New York State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (NY FACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future: 1. Tractor-trailers should be driven at operating speeds appropriate for roadway conditions; 2. Liquid trailer tanks should be filled to capacity to ensure safe transport given the nature of the internal material and the road conditions; 3. Tractor-trailer operators should successfully complete training and possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL); 4. Employees should provide a copy of their CDL to their employer that can be retained in personnel records.
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; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Training; Truck-drivers; Trucking
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02NY069; 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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