On May 31, 2002, a 25 year-old Hispanic worker (decedent) died when the gasoline-powered tractor he was operating overturned. The incident occurred when the decedent mowed a steep embankment along a rural roadside which caused the tractor to flip over a 3-strand, barbed wire fence, pinning the operator under the seat and tire. A passing motorist noticed the overturned tractor and notified 911, emergency services. Local police and fire departments arrived at the scene, as did a local ambulance. The coroner arrived and declared the tractor operator dead due to asphyxiation and crushing injuries to the chest.
- Tractors should be equipped with rollover protective structures and seatbelts.
- Foreign farm laborers should be trained in their native language on safe operation of farm machinery and informed of dangers of local terrain.
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, "Hispanic Worker Dies in Tractor Rollover" (2003). Fatality Case Reports--Tractors/Logging. 2.