A 64-year-old male retiree and part-time farmer was killed when he fell from his tractor and was run over by the edge of the bush-hog attachment. The victim had been repairing a tractor tire earlier in the day. He was apparently trying to drive the tractor into a garage when he lost control and fell or was knocked from the tractor seat to the ground, falling between the tractor and the bush hog. The KY FACE investigator concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, tractor operators should:

  • Retrofit tractors with operator restraint systems (seatbelts) and Roll Over Protective Structures (ROPS).

Additionally, it is recommended that older operators of farm equipment have regular medical examinations by a qualified physician.

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