We know the leading cause of death on farms – tractor rollovers. Yet many tractors across the United States are not equipped with rollover protection structures, or ROPS.
A ROPS, when used with a seatbelt, is 99 percent effective in preventing injury or death in the event of an overturn. ROPS did not become standard on U.S.-manufactured tractors until 1985. Many older tractors do not have these safety features.
Ensuring your local fire department and first responders can handle tractor rollovers is an important safety measure for your community. This introductory training video can supplement training for local rescue teams.
ROPS installation rebate programs
There are rebate programs available if you want to install a ROPS on your tractor. For example, the National Farm Medicine Center’s Wisconsin ROPS Rebate Program offers 70 percent (up to $865) off the cost of a ROPS.
View this video to learn why ROPS are important, and what could happen without a ROPS installed on your tractor.
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