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84-year-old farmer died when tractor overturned while feeding cattle on hillside.

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 05IA015, 2010 Jun; :1-6
In the late winter of 2005, an 84-year-old male farmer died when his tractor overturned. The victim was driving his tractor for cattle feeding during the early evening hours. When he had not returned within four hours, the family searched and found him 30 minutes later. The victim was pinned underneath his overturned tractor that had come to rest wheels-up. Examination of tire tracks at the scene suggested that the tractor was travelling at a fairly moderate speed down slope when it overturned after either striking a hay bale or making a hard left turn. Emergency responders made no attempt at rapid extrication, and no resuscitation effort was performed. Traumatic asphyxia accompanied by blunt force trauma was listed as the cause of death. RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Farmers should install rollover protective structures (ROPS) on tractors. 2. Farmers should consider equipping tractors and other farm machinery used for operations between sunset and sunrise with additional lighting to improve the operator's ability to identify hazards in low-light conditions. 3. Tractor operators should be trained in the safe use of tractors including behaviors that reduce the risk of tractor rollover such as reducing speeds when traveling down slopes. 4. Equipment operators should be aware of the limitations that some medications may impose on safe equipment operations.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Motor-vehicles; Equipment-design; Agriculture; Agricultural-machinery; Farmers; Tractors; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-processes
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-05IA015; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-708674; 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
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