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Livestock farmer dies following a tractor rollover in West Virginia.

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
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 01WV060, 2002 Apr; :1-5
On December 27, 2001, an 82-year-old male livestock farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over while transporting a round hay bale. The victim was using a 24-year-old wide front-end configured tractor. The tractor was equipped with a front-end loader and an aftermarket round bale spear. Just prior to the fatal incident, he elevated the bale and began to transport it to a feeding station. The usual route was a dirt road. This time he cut across the field, traversing a 16 degree grade with his right rear wheel on the downhill side. As the tractor traveled over the irregular surface, the tractor's center of gravity (C.G.) shifted forward and downhill. This shift placed the C.G. outside of the tractor's stability baseline causing the tractor to roll downhill to the right landing on the victim and pinning him to the ground. The tractor did not have a rollover protective structure (ROPS) or a seat belt. The victim's wife, who was waiting inside a pick-up truck behind the barn, noticed the cattle's irregular behavior as they ran from the incident site. She walked around the barn, and saw the tractor upside down on her husband. She drove to a neighbor's house and called 911. The EMS arrived within minutes and found no signs of life. The tractor was removed from the victim and he was pronounced dead. The coroner estimated that the victim had died immediately after tractor impact. The WV FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed by tractor owners: 1. Equip all tractors with rollover protective structures and a seat belt. 2. Evaluate the route of transport prior to use for hazards which can compromise a tractor's stability. 3. Use extreme caution and travel at a slower-than-normal rate of speed when transporting elevated loads.
Region-3; 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; Safety-belts; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Tractors; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-01WV060; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-312914
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division