Analysis of Tractor-Related Deaths

Erkol Z., Buken B., Hekimoglu Y. , Erkol H., INCE H., ERZENGİN Ö. U.

JOURNAL OF AGROMEDICINE, vol.18, no.2, pp.87-97, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/1059924x.2013.767737
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF AGROMEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.87-97


The aim of the study was to evaluate the properties of tractor-related death cases and discuss the precautions in order to prevent such events. For this aim, reports made between 2006 and 2009 by the First Specialty Board of Council of Forensic Medicine (FSBCFM), Turkey, were evaluated retrospectively. Forty-one tractor-related death cases were included in this study. Thirty-five (85.4%) of the cases were male. The mean age was 42.52 +/- 25.1 (with a range between 1 and 84 years old). The average time interval between the incident and death was 13.76 +/- 33.53 days (range: 0176 days) and 20 (48.8%) cases died on the incident spot or during transportation to the hospital. Among the cases, 34.1% (n=14) were drivers, whereas 39.0% (n=16) were passengers and the remaining were pedestrians (26.9%, n=11). The accident was caused by the tractor rolling over in 34.1%, the victim being run over in 22.0%, and the victim falling from the tractor or trailer in 22.0% of the cases. Most of the events (56.1%) occurred on the road. In conclusion, tractors must not be used as a transportation vehicle for passengers. Periodic training of drivers can be useful for reducing tractor-related accidents.