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.

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