Tractor rollovers a deadly problem
Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of injury incident on farms and it is reported that of the 4.7 million tractors in the U.S. today alone, one-half of them are without rollover protection for the operator. A tractor can turn over suddenly and if it is not equipped with a ‘Rollover Protection Structure’ (ROPS) and a seatbelt, there is a good chance the tractor could crush the driver.
ROPS are compartment structures (usually cabs or frames) intended to protect equipment operators from injuries caused by vehicle overturns.
One of the most common causes of death and serious injury on farms is related to the heavy equipment required to run a farm.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the ag industry has the highest rate of occupational fatalities, about 32 per 100,000 employed people or eight times the national average. Federal officials note that the elimination of overturn fatalities could result in more than $100 million in annual savings.
National Ag Safety Database figures show that the use of ROPS and a seat belt is estimated to be 99 percent effective in preventing death or serious injury in the event of a tractor rollover.
Makes sense to us.