Crushed Leg While Driving (KV183)


What Happened?

At 7:40 on January 18, 2017, an employee was riding on a trailer that was attached to a tractor, dispersing trees in a field. The tractor driver turned and accelerated to approach another row. This threw the employee from the trailer and his leg became entangled in one of the wheels. As a result, he sustained a crushing injury to his left leg.

Contributing Factors

None known.

What Can We Learn?


By using a Questioning Attitude, both employees would have considered the consequences of moving the trailer without being in a safe position. 

Effective Communication could have been used between the driver and passenger to confirm he was in a safe position on the trailer. 


The employee had ridden in this position on the trailer before and allowed himself to become Overconfident in the task.

Moving from row to row is part of the work, but the tractor driver hurried between rows, likely due to self-imposed Time Pressure.

Ask the Right Questions

How does this relate to our work?

Where do we have similar traps?

What Tools can we use to avoid a similar incident?

Was a stop work point missed?