3 In the OSU study, 87 of 147 (59%) total tractor-related fatalities were caused by tractorrollover.
4 Tractor Overturn Hazards Side OverturnRollover (Rear Overturn)Front Overturn
5 Drawings Courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University
6 Drawings Courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University
7 Tractor Overturns- Causes Driving on steep terrainGoing over rough ground (holes and stumps)Driving into ditches or embankmentsDriving too fast (especially when turning)
8 Drawings Courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University
9 Tractor Overturns - Causes (continued) Improper hitching (too high, or to the axle)Improper operation of front-end loaderLack of knowledge of operational controls
10 Drawings Courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University
11 Drawings Courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University
12 Tractor Overturns - Prevention Slow down on steep slopes, rough ground and sharp turnsKeep wheels spread wide whenever possibleCounter-balance weight (front and rear) for more stabilityStay clear of ditches, embankments and large obstacles (stumps)
13 Overturn HazardsNo ROPS or SeatbeltTricycle Front End
14 Tractor Overturns – Prevention (cont’d) Always hitch the load to the tractor draw barTravel with the bucket low at all timesLock brake pedals together for road travelKnow the controls of the tractorHave ROPS installed and wear seatbelt (only with ROPS)
15 Special Thanks To the Following Sources: High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (2002). Farm Tractor Safety (IS-98-02) [on-line]. Available: http//www.HICAHS.colostate.edu.John Bishop, Safety Specialist – Ohio State University, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological EngineeringJohn Deere Agricultural Safety, Deere and Company, Inc.National Education for Agricultural Safety - National Safety Council (2002). The Plain Facts About Tractor Safety [on-line]. Available:North Dakota State University - Extension Ag Engineering - G. Maher (1997). Tractor Safety - Stay on Top of It! [on-line]. Available:Ohio State University - Agricultural Safety and Health (2001). Safety Statistics ( ). Available:Pennsylvania State University. Tractor Overturn Hazards. Bulletin: E 34.Saskatchewan Labour (2002). Tractor Safety [on-line]. Available:University of Illinois - Agricultural Safety and Health (2002). ROPS: Rollover Protective Structure - What you should know [on-line]. Available:
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