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Ensuring tractor safety through ROPS

Posted on November 13, 2014 11:56 am under Product Liability

Tractor rollover is the number one cause of injury and fatality in the farming industry across the country. Data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revealed that tractor rollovers happened at more than 3,000 operations over one year. The frequency of this incident has prompted the OSHA to require all tractors operating at over 20 horsepower and manufactured after October 25, 1976 to be equipped with approved ROPS, or rollover protection structure.

ROPS refers to a structure that protects tractor operators from injury and death during a rollover incident. Usually in the form of cabs or frames, ROPS may reduce the risk of serious injury or death for up to 99% when used with a seatbelt.

Manufacturers who have failed to equip their tractors with approved ROPS, or who have installed defective ROPS, should be held accountable for all the damages that result. To learn how to take legal action if hurt by a defective farm product in Wisconsin, consult with a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.