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Accident: 170160980 - Employee'S Legs Crushed By Tractor, One Leg Later Amputated

Accident: 170160980 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 06/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11200965906/13/19910175Rodriguez Ranch
Employee #1 was preparing a parcel of land for replanting. He was operating a D4 Caterpillar tractor without the blade and towing a disc plow, when a shrub branch became caught in the radiator shroud. He stopped, parking the tractor on a slight uphill and somewhat jackknifed. After removing the branch, he started the engine and the vibration caused the tractor to roll down the hill. Employee #1's legs became caught between the tracks and the engine housing and were crushed; one leg had to be surgically amputated. The tractor's tracks were not blocked to ensure that the tractor did not roll down the hill.
Keywords: amputated, agriculture, blocks, work rules, vibrations, caught between, crushed, tractor, slope, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112009659 Hospitalized injury Amputation Farm workers

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