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Farmer crushed by corn head when disengaging it from combine.

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 08IA081, 2012 Oct; :1-9
A 33-year-old male farmer died when separating a corn head from the feeder on a disabled combine. A first attempt to disengage the head using a tractor and chains failed when the latches under the feeder would not disconnect. The victim crawled under the raised corn head to examine its connection with the feeder, and while still underneath, used a hammer to force one of the locking latches to release. As the latch released, the corn head separated from the feeder and pinned him to the ground. It took first responders ten to fifteen minutes to lift the corn head off the victim, who was then transported to a Level I trauma care facility via helicopter. Efforts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful. RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Do not work under elevated equipment without blocking equipment to prevent its falling. 2. Confirm that all required steps are completed, in order, when working with heavy machinery. 3. Prior to using equipment, inspect machinery and ensure that safety warnings are visible. 4. Contact distributors to identify new safety features that may be available on existing equipment.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-engineering; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Work-practices; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Tractors; Author Keywords: farmer; combine; corn head; compressed by equipment
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-08IA081; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008460
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Iowa State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division