This is the second of three articles that evaluate the consequences of using rollover protective structures (ROPS) on agricultural tractors. It presents the results of a decision analysis that compares three strategies for preventing injuries when agricultural tractors without ROPS overturn. The three strategies examined are â€œdo nothingâ€, â€œinstall ROPSâ€, and â€œreplace tractorâ€. The strategies are implemented over a five-year period and health outcomes expressed as fatal and nonfatal injuries are calculated over a 23-year period. The â€œdo nothingâ€ strategy would result in 1,450 fatalities and 1,806 nonfatal injuries, while the â€œinstall ROPSâ€ strategy would prevent 1,176 fatalities and 957 nonfatal injuries, and the â€œreplace tractorâ€ strategy would prevent 1,188 fatalities and 967 nonfatal injuries. The latter two strategies reflect more than an 80% reduction in fatalities and about 53% reduction in nonfatal injuries. The study does not consider overturn injuries that result from tractors lacking ROPS and for which ROPS are unavailable.
Full article can be found in: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
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