Spate of fatal skid-steer accidents

At least four people have died since Feb. 11 from farm accidents involving skid-steer loaders.

The first incident, which occurred on a New York dairy farm, involved a 20-year-old farm worker who turned out to be an illegal immigrant. 

  • On Feb. 22, a 64-year-old Minnesota man died in an accident involving a skid-steer loader. Authorities say the loader rolled over on him. Read more.
  • On Feb. 26, a 42-year-old Indiana woman died in a skid-loader accident. She was reportedly loading large hay bales at the time. 
  • On Feb. 28, a 41-year-old Wisconsin man was killed when a skid-steer loader rolled over, trapping him inside. He was feeding cattle when the accident occurred. Read more.

Skid-steer loaders are commonly used on dairies. But they also have been the cause of several on-farm deaths in recent weeks.

Farm-safety expert Dennis Murphy, of Penn State University, noted the tragic string of skid-steer loader accidents in recent weeks and made these observations.

Here are some additional resources that might help:

  • "Skid-steer loader safety." Click here.
  • "Preventing injuries and deaths from skid-steer loaders." Click here.