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Farmer dies from injuries sustained after being attacked by a bull.

Minnesota Department of Health
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 02MN027, 2003 Jan; :1-4
A 42-year-old farmer (victim) died after he was injured by a bull. The bull had not shown any prior signs of aggression toward humans nor signs of illness or disease. On the day of the incident the victim had been working with his brother at his brother's farm place. Around 3:00 p.m., the victim left to return to his farm place to do various chores and the evening milking of his cows. The next day, the victim's brother became concerned when his brother did not arrive by late morning to work on various tasks. He drove to his brother's farm and found him lying in a muddy lot near a barn. He notified emergency personnel and after the victim was examined they prepared to remove him from the lot. About the same time, the bull became aggressive toward the rescue personnel. The victim's brother tried to herd the bull from the scene but the bull charged him and pinned him against a fence. A law enforcement officer at the scene responded and used a gun to kill the bull. After the bull was killed and the victim removed, the victim's brother concluded that the dairy cows had not been recently milked. He also found a cow inside an addition built onto the barn. A newborn calf was also in the area and the cows hind legs were loosely tied. It appeared that the victim may have assisted in "pulling" the calf. In doing so, his hands and clothing may have obtained the scent of the birth of the calf which may have provoked an attack. An autopsy revealed that the victim had numerous broken ribs and several internal injuries that injuries indicated the victim had been attacked. Because of the aggressive nature of the bull toward rescue personnel, the most likely scenario was that the bull attacked the victim. MN FACE investigators concluded that to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. workers should exercise caution whenever they are working with or near farm animals; and, 2. animals that attack humans should be examined and tested for possible diseases such as rabies.
Region-5; 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; Protective-measures; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-02MN027; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division