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Tractor owner dies after being pinned by tractor attachment which fell on him during disassembly 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 03WV044, 2004 Mar; :1-4
On December 28, 2003, a 79-year-old male tractor owner (victim) died of injuries sustained when the tractor component he was removing fell on him fatally pinning him to the ground. While the victim was in the process of removing the tractor's front-end loader, he had positioned himself under the rear part of the attachment without supporting it. Upon removing the last nut which anchored the attachment to the bottom of the tractor's rear axle, the component dropped to within 6-8 inches of the ground compressing the victim's chest. The victim's wife came out to check on her husband and found him pinned under the component. She called EMS, which arrived shortly thereafter, and found no signs of life. The body was extricated and transported to the local funeral home. The WV FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be observed by tractor owners and equipment mechanics: 1. Ensure that prior to inspecting, adjusting, repairing, or removing elevated components, a strong positive means of support be used before placing any part of the body under an elevated load.
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; Tractors; Maintenance-workers
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03WV044; 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
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division