So where can famers turn to retrofit their tractor with a ROPS, and, what does it cost?

There are three types of ROPS frames available: a two-post frame, a four-post frame and an enclosed ROPS cab. There are even foldable ROPS available for tractors that are housed in smaller spaces. The cost runs around $765.  Many programs have been developed to not only help farmers find ROPS, but also provide rebates to offset some of the cost. The Northeast Center for Agricultural and Occupational Health has a New York ROPS Rebate program that helps make the process of installing ROPS easier and affordable. It is now expanding to several northeastern states including Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. In Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina, ROPS programs have been organized by state Farm Bureau chapters.

“We urge farmers to do this before growing seasons begin,” Wolf says. “We’re trying to get a retrofit rebate program in place here in Maryland. However, whether or not a ROPS rebate program is in place where they live, we urge farmers in the U.S., and around the world, to make sure their tractor has a ROPS and not only fitted with a seatbelt, but that they use that seat belt with the ROPS.”

National Ag Safety Database figures show that the use of ROPS and a seatbelt is estimated to be 99% effective in preventing death or serious injury in the event of a tractor rollover.

 To prevent injuries and to enhance safety for farmers, children and their families, Wolf urges farmers have ROPS put on their tractors, use the seatbelt and make sure the new tractor they purchase is properly equipped with ROPS and a seatbelt.

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