There are three types of ROPS frames available — a two-post frame; a four-post frame and an enclosed ROPS cab. There are even foldable ROPS available for those tractors that are housed in smaller spaces.

Many programs have been developed to not only help farmers find ROPS, but also provide rebates to offset some of the cost. The Northeast Center for Agricultural and Occupational Health (http://www.nycamh.com/orhttp://www.rops4u.com) has a New York ROPS Rebate program that helps make the process of installing ROPS easier and affordable. It is now expanding to several northeastern states including Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. In Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina, ROPS programs have been organized by state Farm Bureau chapters.   

“We urge farmers to do this before growing seasons begin,” Wolf said. “We’re trying to get a retrofit rebate program in place here in Maryland. However, whether or not a ROPS rebate program is in place where they live we urge farmers in the U.S., and around the world, to make sure their tractor has a ROPS and not only fitted with a seat belt, but that they use that seat belt with the ROPS. You just never know what can happen.”

 National Ag Safety Database figures show 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.

To prevent injuries and to enhance safety for farmers, children and their families, Wolf urges farmers have ROPS put on their tractors, use the seatbelt and make sure the new tractor they purchase is properly equipped with ROPS and a seat belt.

To help address hazards posed by agricultural work, ASSE established an Agricultural Branch as a part of the ASSE Environmental Practice Specialty, to provide a forum for safety, health and environmental professionals in the agricultural industry to network and gain knowledge regarding best practices in safety and health issues affecting agricultural production operations of all sizes; including seed production, agricultural chemicals, transportation, equipment safety, compliance and enforcement.

To learn more information about agricultural safety and health and to view ASSE’s farm safety facts for rural areas, farm safety and health tips, and farm safety tips for young workers visit http://www.asse.org/newsroom/safetytips/farmsafetytips.phpand Practice Specialties’ Agricultural Branch http://www.asse.org/practicespecialties/ag-safetyand where you can also view the new ASSE Agricultural Branch newsletter.

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