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Accident: 14415889 - Employee Decapitated By Manure Spreader

Accident: 14415889 -- Report ID: 0729700 -- Event Date: 01/17/1996
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10658889001/22/19960211Ford Land Co
Employee #1 had entered the truck bed of a manure spreader to perform a cleaning operation. The truck's PTO was left engaged, allowing the spreader to continue to operate. Employee #1 became entangled in the rear portion of the manure spreader, where beater bars (propeller-type blades) chop manure. Employee #1 was decapitated. Although the owner's manual and warning stickers prohibit this action, it was common practice for employees who were cleaning the spreader to enter the truck bed while the equipment was running.
Keywords: head, agriculture, work rules, cleaning, lockout, entangled, decapitated, power take-off
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106588890 Fatality Amputation Occupation not reported

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