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Accident: 170614408 - Employee Dies Of Asphyxia When Crushed Under Mower

Accident: 170614408 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 05/05/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12017302605/06/19970175Malloy Orchards Inc

On May 5, 1997, Employee #1, who operated farm equipment for a tree fruit and nut farmer, crawled under a heavy John Deere mower (brush shredder) to remove a tree rope from around the mower blade shaft. The hydraulics of the mower allowed pressure to bleed down and caused the unblocked mower to settle onto Employee #1. He died of asphyxia. A John Deere 2755 orchard tractor that supplied hydraulic pressure for the mower was running at the time of the accident.

Keywords: asphyxiated, agriculture, blocks, work rules, farm machinery, lawn mower

Employee Details
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120173026 Fatality Asphyxia Farm workers

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