Farmer killed after tractor overturns into creek bed.
NIOSH 1995 Jul; :1-3
A 47-year-old farmer/chemical analyst was killed when his tractor overturned into a muddy creek bed. The victim was checking a fence line on his property, which in that area has a rough, uneven terrain and on that day was very wet from a thunderstorm the previous night. He was going up an incline when his tractor slid backwards in the mud; the back tire slipped over the edge of a steep embankment and the tractor rolled over into the creek bed, pinning him face down in the mud. The tractor was not equipped with a Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) or a seatbelt. There were no witnesses to the incident. The KY FACE investigators concluded that, to prevent similar occurrences, tractor operators should: 1. Retrofit tractors with Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and seatbelts; 2. Assess terrain prior to beginning any tractor operation.
Region-4; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Farmers; Tractors; Safety-belts
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Kentucky Department of Health Services