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Farmer caught in compression rollers of hay baler.

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 09IA037, 2012 Oct; :1-7
An 85-year-old farmer was caught in the compression rollers of a hay baler while baling cured hay on his farm in south central Iowa during the spring of 2009. He was seen by neighbors at approximately 11:45 AM, but when he did not arrive for lunch at 12:30 PM, his wife went out to the field and found him at the baler with both arms caught in the compression rollers. She ran to the house of a neighbor who called 911. Another neighbor, who was an emergency responder, heard the call on his scanner; he and his son arrived at the site and turned off the tractor and power takeoff (PTO), but the victim remained trapped. Rescue personnel arrived and while attempting to remove the victim determined he was not breathing. Rescue operations were stopped at 1:10 PM. RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Always disengage the PTO, set the brake, shut off the tractor, and pocket the key when dismounting a tractor that is attached to a baler. 2. Machine equipment users should identify in-running nip point hazards and understand the risks and how to control access to these locations. 3. Identify original and retrofitted machine guards and safety devices for all farming equipment currently in use and make sure they are installed. 4. Identify original and updated safety bulletins for existing farm equipment. 5. Before operating a piece of machinery, review the hazards associated with the operation of the machine.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Machine-guarding; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Work-practices; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Author Keywords: farmer; hay baler; baling; caught in equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-09IA037; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008460
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Iowa Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division