|Industry: Beef cattle ranching and farming||
Release Date: September 19, 2011
|Task: Traveling on ATV to move irrigation wheel lines||Incident Date: July 21, 2008|
|Occupation: Ranch worker||Case No.: 08WA03601|
|Type of Incident: Machine-related/ATV||SHARP Report No.: 71-104-2011|
On July 21, 2008, a ranch worker died when the four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating rolled over. The victim was employed at a cattle ranch where he had worked for over a year. He was an experienced ATV operator and competitive motorcycle racer. He was driving the ATV to access irrigation wheel lines and move them. He was on a rough dirt road alongside a hay field at the ranch when he lost control and the ATV rolled. A police report indicated that the ATV was traveling at high speed when it struck a small bump in the dirt road. According to the coroner, the victim died of blunt force impact to the abdomen as a result of being struck by the ATV.
State Wide Statistics: This was number 36 out of 72 work-related fatalities in Washington State during 2008, and was number 4 out of 7 agriculture-related fatalities.
*This bulletin was developed to alert employers and employees of a tragic loss of life of a worker in Washington State and is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.
Developed by Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), WA State Department of Labor & Industries. The FACE Program is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). For more information, contact the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, 1-888-667-4277.
Publication #: SHARP Report No.: 71-104-2011| September 19, 2011
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