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A farmer was killed while bypass-starting his tractor.

Oklahoma State 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 05OK038, 2005 Jan; :1-5
An 84-year-old farmer died on May 21, 2005 from injuries received after he was run over by the rear tire of a farm tractor he was attempting to bypass-start. The decedent was using one tractor to start a second tractor that was malfunctioning. The victim positioned himself between the two tractors and attached a set of jumper cables to the batteries. He then used a pair of metal pliers to create a short circuit at the starter of the tractor. When the tractor started, it struck him and caused him to fall. The farmer was then run over, pulled under the tire, and ejected behind the tractor. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Agriculture requires a lot of work, and shortcuts may be tempting, but they are often dangerous. Bypass-starting is one of the more hazardous shortcuts. Oklahoma Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OKFACE) investigators concluded that to help prevent similar occurrences, farmers should: 1. Ensure that tractor engines are started from the operator's seat with the transmission and power take-off in neutral and the parking brake engaged. 2. Follow safe start-up procedures included in the operator's manual and designated by decals on the tractor. 3. Ensure that tractors are properly shut down after each use. 4. Periodically check the working condition of safety start switches and arrange to have any malfunctions repaired promptly.
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; Protective-measures; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agriculture; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Tractors; Motor-vehicles
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05OK038; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division