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Tractor Fatalities

Postby GAonmymind » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:22 pm

My brother called and said one of the guys at work was killed over the weekend in tractor accident. He stated this was the second fatality in a few months. The last one he said the guy put it in neutral and then got under the tractor to fix something (tractor engine still on) and it slipped out of neutral and rolled over guy - killing him.

Read that there are over 800 tractor fatalities a year in the U.S. Problem is a lot of the time when there is an accident involving a tractor the person involved does not survive to tell you the mistake he made - if any. Data shows that a lot of the drivers of said tractors are older, white, males with experience farming. That was no surprise since that is what the pool is primarily made up of.

Read up on some of the tractor safety rules but they were pretty generic. A lot of knowledge on this forum. Any thoughts or info to be shared?
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Postby Kingfisher » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:56 pm

Yea...for starters don't trust anything hydraulic.
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Postby talltimber » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:07 pm

Complacency is a dangerous thing. It happens, but try to avoid it if you can.
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Postby Bigfoot » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:21 pm

Familiarity breeds neglect. Bring some city slicker out, and let them stand by a hay roller or combine while it's running. They'll tell ya right quick how dangerous it is. We've seen it so much, it doesn't look like a man killer to us.
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Postby Turkeybird » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:28 pm

Treat all equipment like a poisonous snake that'll bite you if you get too close
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Postby M.Magis » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:07 pm

Most here are roll overs. Had an amishman last year get caught by a pto shaft running an auger I believe. That had to be a horrible sight for the family to find.
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Postby Nesikep » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:26 pm

there's been a few accidents around here.. some involving alcohol, neighbor had a zero turn mower roll over on him and darned near paralyzed him, another one was a rollover killing the man... and that's not even counting the close calls

Some machines are just more dangerous than others... I think MF165's are horrid in that aspect.. light, grabby/jamming brakes, multipower that doesn't provide engine braking, hydraulically engaged PTO that can be halfway between engaged and disengaged.. The MF255 we have is much safer.. heavier, sensitive, strong, but predictable brakes, no multipower, and a gear engagement PTO.
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Re: Tractor Fatalities

Postby dun » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:59 pm

Older Olivers are well known for that going into gear on their own trick. A previous owner of this farm was killed when his jumped into gear while he was in front of it. Loader basicly cut him in half against a big (40 inch DBH) oak.
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Postby rla442 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:16 am

It seems way too common around here. I know way too many over the years killed pulling logs. They get hauling a22 pulling logs through the field when the log catches and flips the tractor in the blink of an eye.
In the last year two people I knew were killed. One a high school friend of mine and another was a coworker. Both killed when dealing with trees. One was pulling a stump out of his front yard with his daughter helping him, flipped the tractor over on himself right in front of his daughter. The other pulling trees over when the tree fell on the tractor knocking him off or he jumped and got ran over by the rear wheel.

Local Congressman James Traficant was killed a few years ago backing a 9N Ford into his barn when it flipped and killed him.
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Postby TN Cattle Man » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:40 am

Just reminds me of what my dad used to preach at us... Machinery Does Not Feel Pain, only You Will!! We were taught at an early age to respect equipment. I'm sure most of us on this forum could tell you horror stories involving farm equipment... most of them could have probably been avoided. Respect the equipment and know your limitations.
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Postby dun » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:41 am

I was dragging a log and had hooked the chain pretty far from the end. Was zipping along pretty well, the end caught on a chynk of limestone and the tree flipped over and came down between the tractor seat and the fender. Wouldn;t have been too bad excet for a couple of staubs . On ecause me in the lower back as I leaned over to duck the log. Broke a couple of vertebre and the transvers process' in my back. That along with the stenosis is why I take oxy several times a day.
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Postby Nesikep » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:45 am

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Here's the aftermath of a IH684 that drove off a road (DUI).. don't know how the guy made it out alive. His dad is the one that got killed when a tractor rolled over on him that I mentioned earlier
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Re: Tractor Fatalities

Postby GAonmymind » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:13 am

Dun I have to say that tractor pulling a log with a chain is something the husband and I do OFTEN. Usually with him on the tractor and me attaching/unattaching chain and following on the utv. Until your post, I would have said it was one of the easiest and safest things to use a tractor for.

You don't know what you don't know I guess. Beginning to think the comment about treating a tractor like a poisonous snake was spot on.
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Re: Tractor Fatalities

Postby GAonmymind » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:19 am

If you have ever met on of those people who always asks "why/how" that is me. Brother called back with the information I requested.

The guy that works with him that died over the weekend was NOT killed on a tractor. He and wife were on a kubota UTV. Came to a gate on a hill. He got out to open gate. She hit gas rather than brake. Pinned him between kubota and gate. Airlifted him from scene but he died anyway.
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Postby dun » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:16 pm

GAonmymind wrote:Dun I have to say that tractor pulling a log with a chain is something the husband and I do OFTEN. Usually with him on the tractor and me attaching/unattaching chain and following on the utv. Until your post, I would have said it was one of the easiest and safest things to use a tractor for.

You don't know what you don't know I guess. Beginning to think the comment about treating a tractor like a poisonous snake was spot on.

I have drug hundreds if not thousands of logs that way. If the top would have still been on the tree it wouldn;t have been light enough at the trailing end to flip. As it was a 30 plus footer I sure didn;t expect it to be able to flip like that. Sure made me drag them a lot slower after that.
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