Farmer dies following a tractor rollover in West Virginia.
NIOSH 2003 Jul; :1-5
On January 18, 2003, a 73-year-old male farmer (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving over turned after sliding sideways down a soft shale bank adjacent to his snow covered work area. The victim had just loaded a large round bale on a flat bed trailer and was returning to the bale storage area when his left front and rear wheels came too close to the bank's edge. The soft snow covered bank gave way causing the tractor to slide sideways down the bank then overturning. The tractor landed upside down pinning the victim. The tractor did not have a rollover protective structure (ROPS) or a seat belt. The victim's wife came out to check on her husband and found him pinned under the tractor. She called EMS which arrived within minutes and found no signs of life. The body was extricated and transported to the local funeral home. The cause of death was listed as traumatic asphyxia as well as chest and head trauma. 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 ROPS and a seat belt. 2. Demarcate and/or barricade bank edges near barns, storage areas, and work zones.
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; Equipment-operators; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services