Minnesota man killed after being run over by tractor in western WI


A Minnesota man was killed after being run over by a tractor in western Wisconsin over the weekend.

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The Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a news release it happened around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, on the 2300 block of 190th Street in Milltown Township.

Robert Pooler, an employee at the farm, had been trying to "arc start" a tractor – attempting to manually get it started by working with the solenoid (a piece that helps complete the electrical current).

The tractor then started but was in gear. It immediately began moving and ran over the 51-year-old Pooler, the sheriff's office says.

Pooler, of St. Paul, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Farming incidents

The agriculture, fishing and forestry industry (occupations that farm and harvest crops, animals, fish or timber) typically has the highest number of worker deaths across all industries, averaging roughly 480 worker deaths per year, the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America notes.

Tractor rollovers are the most fatal of all farm accidents in the United States, Occupational Safety and Health Administration says, with incidents involving tractors and other farm machinery accounting for about half of all farm-related fatalities.

Fatalities in the farming, fishing, and forestry sector were at 253 in 2014 – a 9 percent jump from the year before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

Specifically looking at Minnesota, there were 21 deaths in 2014 that fell under farming, fishing and foresting. That was the highest number of deaths in any industry.

Of those, 10 were deemed "transportation incidents."

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