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Accident: 201063153 - Employee Injured When Run Over By Baler

Accident: 201063153 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 04/24/2000
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12027877504/26/20000722Jim Nemlowill Contracting
Employee #1 and a coworker were cleaning up a field on which a lot of loose twine was strewn that was getting caught in the spikes of the hay balers. Each of them was driving a tractor and baler. They were at opposite sides of the field when Employee #1 stopped his tractor, left the motor on, and dismounted to manually remove some twine from his baler. He was kneeling between the baler and the tractor, loosening the twine from the baler spikes, when his tractor moved ahead and pulled the baler forward. The baler motor was also on, but the clutch was disengaged. The baler ran over Employee #1 fracturing his collarbone, jaw, and left arm, impaling his shoulder, and damaging his vocal cords. The coworker observed the tractor moving and saw Employee #1 on the ground as he passed by. Employee #1 was hospitalized at two different facilities for a total of five weeks.
Keywords: fracture, vehicle in gear, agriculture, work rules, cleaning, collarbone, baler, mech mat handling, face, run over
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120278775 Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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