Agricultural Tractor Safety on Public Roads and Farms: A Report to the Congress from the Secretary of Transportation


Pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of Public Law 91-265, enacted May 22, 1970, a study was conducted on the extent, causes and means of preventing agricultural tractor accidents on public roads and farms. The report of that study includes an estimate of the number of deaths resulting annually from agricultural tractor accidents, an identification of the primary causes of such accidents with consideration of the hazards most likely to cause death or injury, and recommendations on means for preventing the occurrence of and reducing the severity of injuries resulting from tractor accidents.

The methodology of the study involved three major phases: 1) a detailed investigation and evaluation of the problem by a multi- disciplinary task group, including a careful review of published articles and other material, field visits to major tractor manufacturing plants and to major test and farm operating facilities, and visits to universities where research is actively conducted on tractor safety problems; 2) solicitation of technical papers on a variety of selected safety topics from acknowledged authorities; and 3) scheduling of a public meeting to obtain a broad range of views and experiences from individuals and organizations concerned with agricultural tractor operations and accidents. Liberal use was made of existing sources of information, of the solicited papers and the proceedings of the public meeting in arriving at findings that are presented in the body of the report, and the papers and proceedings are included in full detail in the appendixes along with a reference list of publications.


SOURCE: Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office; 1971. n.p.


This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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