Prominent barriers and motivators to installing ROPS: An analysis of survey responses from Pennsylvania and Vermont

P. L. Jenkins, J. A. Sorensen, A. Yoder, M. Myers, D. Murphy, G. Cook, F. Wright, B. Bayes, J. J. May

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Abstract

Tractor overturns contribute significantly to the number of work-related deaths that occur every year on U.S. farms. Although the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries have the highest fatality rates of any industries, researchers predict that the elimination of tractor overturn fatalities could result in a noticeable reduction in the farm fatality rate. Rollover protection structures (ROPS) are 99% effective in preventing overturn fatalities. However, roughly 50% of U.S. tractors do not have a ROPS. In order to identify prominent barriers and motivators to installing ROPS, a phone survey was conducted with a random sample of farmers (n= 327) in Vermont and Pennsylvania, two states interested in developing ROPS installation programs. Results indicated that cost and perceived need were the most frequently highly rated barriers to ROPS installation in both states, while working near hills or ditches and concerns regarding liability were the most frequently highly rated motivators for installing ROPS. Additionally, older farmers identified limited use of a tractor as a highly rated barrier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages103-112
Number of pages10
Volume18
No2
Specialist publicationJournal of agricultural safety and health
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Barriers
  • Motivators
  • ROPS
  • Tractor safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Jenkins, P. L., Sorensen, J. A., Yoder, A., Myers, M., Murphy, D., Cook, G., Wright, F., Bayes, B., & May, J. J. (2012). Prominent barriers and motivators to installing ROPS: An analysis of survey responses from Pennsylvania and Vermont. Journal of agricultural safety and health, 18(2), 103-112.