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Factors influencing tractor owners' potential demands for rollover protective structures on farm tractors.

Authors
Kelsey-TW; Jenkins-PL; May-JJ
Source
J Agric Saf Health 1996 May; 2(2):35-42
NIOSHTIC No.
00230977
Abstract
A study of factors influencing farmers to accept rollover protective structures (ROPS) for their tractors was conducted. A group of 170 farm operators in New York State were surveyed by telephone concerning the number and age of tractors, whether the tractors were fitted with ROPS, knowledge of ROPS retrofits, and willingness to pay for retrofits. Most (56.6%) of the subjects were dairy farmers. Noncash grain production and nondairy livestock production represented only 19.8% of the sample. A total of 677 tractors were present on the farms, the typical farm having four tractors. Approximately 33% of the tractors had ROPS. Newer tractors were significantly more likely to have ROPS than older tractors. Of the tractors manufactured with ROPS, ROPS had been removed from 2.1% mainly because the tractors would not fit into farm buildings. Very few of the owners of tractors without ROPS could estimate how much ROPS would cost. When asked how much they would be willing to pay, 40% of the owners said they would not install ROPS on their tractors even if it were free. Among those willing to pay, the average price they were willing to pay for a rollbar for the tractor and cab was 421 and 2,004 dollars, respectively. The reasons for not accepting ROPS appeared to be related to the age of the tractor and the operator. The authors conclude that cost is not the major barrier to accepting a ROPS. Age of the tractor and owner, and usability and storage concerns appear to be the major factors influencing farmers' attitudes towards ROPS.
Keywords
NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Animal-husbandry; Agricultural-machinery; Motor-vehicles; Accident-prevention; Safety-equipment; Agricultural-workers; Worker-motivation; Author Keywords: Rollover protection; ROPS; Safety; Retrofit
CODEN
JASHFD
Publication Date
19960501
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
932652
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-208030
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1074-7583
Source Name
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
State
NY
Performing Organization
The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York
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