A 36-year-old male prison recreation director was killed in a tractor rollover incident. The victim was driving the tractor down a sloping, S-curved driveway when he lost control. The tractor went over an embankment, rolled one-half turn, and came to rest on the victim. It was not equipped with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) or a seatbelt. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner. In order to prevent similar incidents, the KY FACE investigators concluded that:

  • Tractors should be retrofitted with Roll Over Protective Structures and seatbelts.
  • Employers should provide tractor operation training by safety professionals.
  • Equipment should be kept in good working condition.

Additionally, county officials should initiate a 911 emergency calling service.

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95KY015; 95KY01501