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Farmer died when portable elevator fell onto him.

Michigan State University
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 08MI128, 2009 Sep; :1-8
In the fall of 2008, a 68-year-old male farmer died when a portable farm elevator fell onto him as he was pulling it away from an ear corn bin with a 7 HP lawn tractor. He had attached a chain to the elevator's axle and to the rear axle of the lawn tractor. There were approximately two bushels of ear corn at the top of the elevator. As he was moving the elevator, the top of the elevator fell and struck his back and head. The impact forced him forward on the tractor seat and pinned him against the steering wheel and gearshift lever. When his spouse heard the lawn tractor running for a longer period than usual, she left the house to check on him. She found him pinned against the wheel. She checked for a pulse and found him deceased. She called emergency response, and when they arrived, the decedent was declared dead at the scene. Recommendations: 1.) Agricultural operators should develop and implement safe move/transport work practices for portable elevators. 2.) A farm safety plan should be established for the agricultural operation that includes work rules such as how to inspect and transport/move portable equipment.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Portable elevator; Struck By; Agriculture; Ear corn; Lawn tractor
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08MI128; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Michigan State University
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division