Factors influencing tractor owners' potential demands for rollover protective structures on farm tractors.
Kelsey TW; Jenkins PL; May JJ
J Agric Saf Health 1996 May; 2(2):35-42
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.
NIOSH-Cooperative-Agreement; Animal-husbandry; Agricultural-machinery; Motor-vehicles; Accident-prevention; Safety-equipment; Agricultural-workers; Worker-motivation;
Author Keywords: Rollover protection; ROPS; Safety; Retrofit
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York