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Accident: 14341523 - Operator Killed When Two Farm Tractors Collide

Accident: 14341523 -- Report ID: 0418800 -- Event Date: 08/27/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10120646409/10/19870161Iori Farms Inc.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on August 27, 1987, Employee #1 and a coworker were operating two John Deere tractors equipped with bush hog cutters. They were cutting a field of 7 to 9 ft high sorghum sudan grass. The tractors collided head on, killing Employee #1. Visibility was restricted due to the height of the sorghum-cereal grass, which has corn-like leaves and grows in dense terminal clusters. Native to Africa, sudan grass was introduced to US farmers for hay and pastures. It has been used as a cover crop for potato fields and recently has been used for a cover crop for tomato and bean fields. Investigation revealed that there are no safety guidelines for tractor operators to follow for cutting this type of high, dense grass.
Keywords: agriculture, obstructed view, work rules, equipment operator, collision, tractor, bush hog
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101206464 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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