Despite protection devices on tractors manufactured since 1986, many older tractors are still in use. Retrofitting them is often costly and difficult. Researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have come up with what they say are cost-effective alternatives to the commercially available rollover protective structures that can be installed fairly easily.
"The Cost-effective ROPS are typically less costly to manufacture, ship, and handle than commercially available ROPS structures," according to a NIOSH science blog posting. "CROPS are designed to be constructed by the user or owner of the tractor, using parts that have been specified by NIOSH as meeting design and safety standards."
The agency sought input from various stakeholders and oversaw the installation of the devices on more than 70 tractors in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
"We hope that by listening to farmers' needs and concerns and providing another alternative, we can increase the use of roll over protection," the blog said. "We know that older farm tractors remain a valuable asset to the farming community for countless reasons, including providing a link to the past and the history of farming as well as providing a reliable and economical source of help to farmers."
The CROPS are designed for the following tractor models:
- Ford 8N.
- Ford 3000.
- Ford 4000.
- Massey Ferguson 135.
The designs can be used either by an individual to build a NIOSH CROPS for his own tractor or for a company to build and sell a NIOSH CROPS. NIOSH is seeking comments from those who use the CROPS and those reluctant to retrofit their tractors.
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June 24, 2013
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