Gilman Man Killed in Unusual Tractor Accident

WSAU News is reporting that a man from the rural part of Gilman died on Monday after an unusual tractor accident.

Details about the Gilman Tractor Accident

Sheriff Larry Woebbeking from Taylor County says that the police were called to the scene of the accident at Shiner Drive near 7th Avenue just after 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Sheriff Woebbeking further stated that their investigation came to the conclusion that the victim was 49-year-old Brian K. Knusta, who was using a farm tractor for logging in the area of the accident.

This early in the investigation, it appears that Knusta was trying to pull at tree that had been cut from the tractor. The tree then landed on Knusta. After the tree fell on Knusta, the tractor then continued across the field and came to a rest on the northern side of Shiner Drive.

Emergency crews including the Gilman ambulance, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lublin Fire Department all worked together at the scene with Gilman 1st responders.

Knusta was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Important Information about Farming and Agriculture Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • There were a total of 374 farmers and farm workers that died of work-related injuries in the United States in 2012.
  • Of those fatalities, tractor overturns were the leading cause of death for the farmers and farm workers.
  • Every day in the United States, 167 farmers and farm workers suffered an injury that required them to miss time at work.
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