Results from inspections of farmer-installed rollover protective structures.
Sorensen-JA; McKenzie-T Jr.; Purschwitz-M; Fiske-T; Jenkins-PL; O'Hara-P; May-JJ
J Agromed 2011 Jan; 16(1):19-29
This study sought to assess the feasibility of self-installing rollover protective structures (ROPS) and to identify any patterns of self-installation deficiencies in a sample of New York ROPS Retrofit Rebate Program participants. Inspection engineers looked for/at damage, rust, holes, deteriorated welding, location of attachment, axle housing, the presence of original plates/bolts, and adequate seatbelt installation. Results indicated that only 31 percent of farmers received correct parts and also installed these parts properly. Ten percent of self-installed tractors had installation problems so severe they were referred to a dealer for correction. Issues with seatbelts, torque, and unmarked or defective bolts in ROPS kits were also detected.
Agricultural-machinery; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Tractors; Motor-vehicle-parts; Motor-vehicles; Protective-equipment; Engineering; Engineering-controls; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability; Farmers; Machine-operation; Safety-belts; Safety-engineering; Injury-prevention; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Failure-analysis;
Author Keywords: Fatalities; injury; intervention; machinery inspections; rollover protective structures; ROPS; ROPS installation; tractors
Julie A. Sorensen, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, Bassett Healthcare, One Atwell Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326, USA
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Journal of Agromedicine
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, New York