The purpose of this part of the study is to assess the costs and benefits of either installing rollover protective structures (ROPS) on tractors lacking ROPS and for which ROPS are available or replacing the tractors with newer ROPS-equipped ones, relative to doing nothing. The methods used are cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses. The cost-effectiveness analysis shows that compared to the â€œdo nothingâ€ strategy, the â€œinstall ROPSâ€ strategy would cost $489,373 per injury averted and the â€œreplace tractorâ€ strategy would cost $14.3 million per injury averted over a 23-year period. The cost-benefit analysis shows that compared to the â€œdo nothingâ€ strategy, the â€œinstall ROPSâ€ strategy would save society $1.5 billion while the â€œreplace tractorâ€ strategy would cost society $18.7 billion. While both the â€œinstall ROPSâ€ and the â€œreplace tractorâ€ strategies are effective at saving lives and preventing injuries, this study has concluded that the preferred strategy in terms of cost-effectiveness is to â€œinstall ROPSâ€ on tractors lacking them and for which ROPS are available.
Full article can be found in: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
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