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A farm worker on a family run farm in Texas died when he was crushed by the basket of a cotton stripper as he stood in the engine compartment of the cotton stripper.

NIOSH 2001 Jan; :1-4
On November 11, 1998 a 49 year-old farm worker (the victim) died in Texas when he was crushed by the basket of a cotton stripper as he stood in the engine compartment of the cotton stripper. The victim, who was operating the cotton stripper, had just dumped his load of cotton into a module packer, when, for an unknown reason, he entered the engine compartment beneath the basket. As he stood in the engine compartment, the basket slowly descended, due to a hydraulic leak, and crushed the victim. When the owner arrived, he did not immediately see the victim. The cotton stripper's engine was still running. As he was about to leave, he decided to take one more look. He then saw the victim's leg extending between frame members surrounding the engine compartment. After raising the basket, he called Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The Texas FACE investigator concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, employers should: 1. Ensure workers never enter the top of the engine compartment unless the basket is raised over center. 2. Ensure machinery is checked periodically for leaks or other mechanical defects. 3. Additionally, the manufacturer should include cautions in the operator's manual warning operators not to enter the engine compartment unless the basket is in the full over-center position.
Region-6; 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; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Machine-operation
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-99TX020; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613936
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Texas Workers' Compensation Commission