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Farmer died as result of starting tractor on ground.
Michigan Fatality Assessment & Control Evaluation
East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Department of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, HA#5, 2005 Mar; :1
In 2004, a 78-year-old male farmer was severely injured when he was run over by the rear wheel of his 1960s vintage model 1650 Oliver tractor. The deceased had hooked up a 150-gallon pull-type boom sprayer so he could eradicate weeds near his 60-acre soybean field. After dismounting from the tractor and mixing the solution in the sprayer, he attempted to start the tractor while standing on the ground. Unbeknownst to him, the tractor was in forward gear and when he started it he was unable to move out of the way of the rear tire and the tire ran over him. In order to prevent similar incidents in the future: 1. Start tractors only when you are on the tractor platform sitting in the operator's seat, check the engine throttle position, disengage the clutch, shift transmission into neutral or park, set the brakes, ensure the power take off is disengaged. 2. Establish a farm safety plan that includes work rules such as starting the tractor from a seated position on the operator's platform. 3. Recognize potential human factor limitations movement associated with aging.
Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Workers; Humans; Accidents; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Farmers; Tractors; Motor-vehicles; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention
Farmer died as a result of starting tractor on ground
Michigan State Department of Labor and Economic Growth
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