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Knowledge is not enough.
J Agric Saf Health 2000 Nov; 6(4):245-247
A farmer owns four tractors, all without Rollover Protective Structures (ROPS). He and his wife have worked their hilly, 600-acre farm for 25 years without an overturn. He knows three people in his region who died in tractor overturns and four others who survived overturns on tractors without ROPS, one who never fully recovered from his injuries. He has seen many stories and photographs in newspapers and farm magazines about fatal tractor overturns. Extension agents and equipment dealers have encouraged him to put ROPS on his tractors to protect himself and his family. He has the money to do so, but says, "Until I get a bigger and newer tractor, I'm not going to worry about getting a ROPS. And when I get a newer tractor it won't be for the ROPS!" How can the farmer's statement be explained?
Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Accidents; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Families; Farmers; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-personnel; Safety-practices; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Education; Educational-resource-centers; Tractors; Training; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors
University of Kentucky, Lexington
Agriculture; Cooperative Agreement
Issue of Publication
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
University of Kentucky
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division