In a recent incident, a young worker parked a side boom tractor so that it pointed down a moderate slope. After she got off, the tractor started to roll forward. She jumped back onto the tractor to apply the service brake, but she slipped and fell onto the track. The tractor kept moving and pulled her through the narrow gap between the track and the side boom's frame brace. She then fell off the track onto the ground. She sustained multiple fractures.

A bungee cord was being used to hold the parking brake locking lever in place. Inspection records of the tractor also indicate that the parking brake wasn't completely reliable. Mechanical problems that are ignored often mean that equipment operators resort to unsafe operating practices. This results in the operators being injured.

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