On June 30th at about 10:18 pm the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a man was pinned under a tractor near the intersection of State Hwy 27 and State Hwy 114. A passing truck driver was able to spot the rolled tractor a few hundred yards off the roadway and located the victim pinned by their legs underneath it. The victim, Gary Anderson age 49, was freed after the arrival of a State Trooper who used a floor jack to lift the tractor. The victim stated they had been mowing overgrowth on the family property when the tractor’s rear tire hit a dirt mound causing the tractor to roll. Anderson was pinned for 30 minutes before being found.
The victim was transported the ER with non life-threatening injuries.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the MN State Patrol, North ambulance, and the Alexandria Fire Department.
According to a study by the University and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health, tractor rollovers can and do occur too often, whether it is on the small hobby farm or in larger production agriculture operations.
Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of injury incident on farms in the United States.
The latest figures from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggest there are approximately 130 tractor rollover fatalities per year. NIOSH estimates that there are approximately 4.8 million tractors in use on U.S. farms; one-half of them are without rollover protection for the operator.