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Policy toward increasing ROPS use.

NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :11
The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health convened a National Tractor Risk Abatement and Control: The Policy Conference in 1997. Forty participants at this conference agreed on 25 action items to reduce tractor-related injuries that account for about 270 deaths annually. If these action items are implemented, 2,000 lives could be saved by 2015. Twelve of these action items relate to the policy question, "How do we assure that every tractor that needs a ROPS, has one?" The action items include the development of an educational/social-marketing program to change social norms regarding ROPS and monitoring and regularly publishing tractor injuries. They also include establishing a tax rebate or subsidy program for retrofit ROPS installation, promoting the development of incentive programs such as certified safe farms, and finding ways to limit liability risks for ROPS manufacturers, dealers, and installers. The participants agreed that a research program needs to be established to design ROPS for pre-ROPS tractors and for work environments with low clearances. The participants also agreed that starting in 2003 but before 2015, that a sequence of public actions were needed in the following order: that all tractors have a ROPS if operated by persons under the age of 18 years, all tractors sold must be equipped with an approved ROPS, a recycling/removal program for tractors not appropriate a ROPS retrofit, all tractors operated on public roads have an approved ROPS, ROPS be installed on all tractors for which approved ROPS are available, and all tractors be equipped with approved ROPS.
Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Farmers; Protective-equipment
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000