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Farmer dies when entangled in old flight elevator PTO shaft.

Iowa Department of Public 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 04IA006, 2005 Jun; :1-6
During late winter 2004, a 45-year-old farmer was killed while helping to unload ear corn from a corn crib. The man was working with two others to load the corn into a wagon to feed cattle. The men were using a horizontal bottom conveyor to move corn out of each end of the corn crib, then, using a flight elevator to load the corn into a wagon. The elevator was powered by a typical tubular PTO (power take-off) shaft from the tractor. After emptying one side of the crib, two of the men were cleaning out the tunnel on that side while the victim was unloading corn from the other end of the crib. They heard the tractor engine slow down momentarily and went to investigate. The victim was found wrapped around the unshielded PTO shaft powering the elevator, with obvious severe injuries to one arm, leg, and his chest. After rescue crews arrived, the victim was transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Recommendations based on our investigation are as follows: 1. All PTO drivelines and other exposed drivetrain components on farms should be completely shielded to prevent accidental contact by workers or helpers; 2. Farmers should ensure that workers and helpers are trained and alerted to recognize the hazards of working near PTO drivelines and other hazardous machine parts.
Region-7; 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; Protective-measures; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; 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-04IA006; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-708674
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Iowa Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division