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Part-time 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 02WV024, 2002 Dec; :1-4
On July 23, 2002, a 74-year-old male part-time farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over while mowing a hillside. The tractor was equipped with a side mount sickle-bar cutting attachment. With his left rear wheel on the downhill side, he was traversing a slope exceeding a 50% grade (27 degrees). Speed of travel was unknown but his right wheels ran over a woodchuck mound which increased the grade to approximately 60% (31 degrees). This shift placed the tractor's center of gravity (C.G.) outside of the tractor's stability baseline, causing it to roll downhill to the left and land on the victim. The tractor did not have a rollover protective structure (ROPS) or a seat belt. The victim's son-in-law came out to the field to check on the victim and found him lying on the ground shortly after being struck-by the tractor. He called EMS which arrived within minutes and transported the victim to a medical center were he died approximately 3 hours later. The cause of death was listed as traumatic arrest as a result of thoracic aortic disruption. The WV FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be observed by tractor owners: 1. Equip all tractors with rollover protective structures and a seat belt. 2. Consider permanently omitting steep areas from mowing.
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; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Equipment-operators
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02WV024; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-312914
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division