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Man, 29, died when tractor with front-end loader full of rocks overturned.

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 05IA022, 2006 Aug; :1-5
Mid-spring 2005, a 29-year-old man died when the tractor he was operating overturned upside down pinning him underneath. The 40-year-old tractor had a narrow (tricycle) front axle. It did not have a rollover protective structure (ROPS). A front-end loader was attached to the tractor's frame but no counter-weights had been installed for ballast. The loader with its bucket full of rocks was raised to nearly hood height. The tractor leaned to the right as the man steered it forward at a slight upward angle on a slope. The position of the heavy load, the absence of ballast, the tractor's configuration, the dynamics of the tractor-loader combination and its load in transport on the sloping, uneven terrain contributed to the sudden overturn of this tractor. ROPS and use of the seat belt would likely have prevented this man's death. RECOMMENDATIONS based on our investigation are as follows: 1. agricultural tractors should be equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS) and the seat belt should be used, except with foldable or retractable ROPS in their down or retracted position. 2. ROPS should be designed and readily available for all makes and models of agricultural tractors in common use. 3. Front-end loaders should not be installed on narrow-front ("tricycle") tractors that do not have a ROPS. 4. Operators handling heavy loads should follow manufacturer recommendations for proper equipment, set up, ballasting, and safe operating practices.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Safety-engineering; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Personal-protective-equipment; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Tractors
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05IA022; 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: December 4, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division