A 48-year-old part-time farmer was using a roll baler to bale hay on his farm around noon on a Saturday. Although there were no eyewitnesses to the event, it is believed that hay became clogged in the tines of the baler and he got off the tractor to try and force the hay in with his foot. His shoe or his pant leg became entangled in the tines of the baler and he was pulled into the machine.
In order to prevent similar incidents, FACE investigators recommend that
- machinery always be turned off before the operator dismounts or attempts to work on it;
- equipment be maintained in good working condition; and,
- when possible, operators of heavy equipment should not work alone.
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, "Farmer Killed When Caught in Hay Baler" (1996). Fatality Case Reports--Tractors/Logging. 27.