Tractor overturns in Virginia kill more tractor operators than any other farm work-related accident. Though newer model tractors offer safety features not available on older models, farm equipment owners have an option to help prevent injury and loss. Owners can help protect themselves by installing a Rollover Protective Structure, or “ROPS,” to their tractor.
Nearly half of farming-related fatalities in Virginia annually are the result of tractor overturns. In almost every case, the tractor was not equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS), and in a few cases the operator was not wearing a seat belt with a ROPS-equipped tractor. There are no documented deaths of farm tractor operators who had a ROPS and were wearing their seat belt.
A Rollover Protective Structure, or ROPS, when used in combination with a seat belt, is recognized by safety and industry experts as the most effective way to reduce the risk of death.