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Dairy farmer dies 15 days after all-terrain vehicle rolled over him.

Wisconsin Department of Health & Family 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 03WI059, 2006 Jan; :1-7
A 66-year old male farmer (the victim) died two weeks after his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle (ATV) overturned on a road/trail beside an embankment on his private land, and rolled over him. The victim was driving in his pasture checking his fence and looking for an opening where his cattle got through the previous evening. The victim reported that he drove around some brush on the trail and then drove over a small tree, expecting it would crush under the wheels, but instead it caused his ATV to begin to roll over. The victim was pitched down a 20 foot embankment and the ATV followed and rolled over him. Two hours later when the victim's son returned to the farm and realized his father wasn't home from checking the fence and the cattle, he went to look for him. The victim was unable to move, but yelled to his son to tell him where he was. The emergency medical service (EMS) was notified by the victim's son and EMS summoned a medical helicopter. The victim was transported by helicopter to a nearby medical facility where he died of complications on September 1, 2003. The WI FACE investigator concluded that to prevent similar occurrences, farmers and other employers who use ATV's should: 1. conduct a thorough evaluation of the terrain to identify hazards in the pathway prior to beginning an operation with an off-road vehicle, remain conscious of the surroundings at all times, and know the safe capabilities of the ATV; 2. select an off-road utility vehicle equipped with Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS) and a seatbelt designed to be used for work, rather than an all-terrain vehicle; 3. wear a helmet, following the basic ATV Safety Code.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Safety-education; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Equipment-operators; Equipment-design; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03WI059; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507081
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Wisconsin Department of Health & Family Services
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division