A 68-year-old male farmer was killed when the tractor he was operating overturned. The victim was driving his tractor down the roadway to a farm near his home. He was hired to bush hog on a neighbor's property. The tractor was not equipped with a Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) or a seat belt. The tractor did have indicator lights mounted to the fenders but no Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem. The tractor was towing a bush hog mounted on a three point hitch. The victim drove eastward on a public roadway to reach the property. Turning right from the roadway to a private drive he lost control of the tractor. The left front wheel went over an embankment, causing the tractor to roll over and come to rest on the victim. A witness called the Emergency Medical Service (EMS). The county coroner arrived later to pronounce the victim dead. In order to prevent future fatalities of this type the FACE investigator recommends:
- Tractors should be retro-fitted with Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS) and seat belts.
Additionally, county officials should initiate 911 emergency response service.
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, "Farmer Killed When Tractor Overturns" (1994). Fatality Case Reports--Tractors/Logging. 61.