New OSHA pamphlet addresses tractor safety

Rollovers are leading cause of death for agricultural workers

Posted January 18, 2019

In 2016, 417 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury. Transportation incidents, which include tractor overturns, were the leading cause of death. OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) agree that the most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths is the use of a rollover protective structure (ROPS) with a seatbelt. As of 2014, however, only 62 percent of tractors used on farms in the U.S. were equipped with ROPS.

In a new publication addressing tractor safety, OSHA states that employers must:

  • Train workers on safe tractor operations before any work begins and annually.
  • Replace the ROPS if an overturn occurs.
  • Ensure ROPS meet OSHA standards.
  • Not remove the manufacturer’s labeling from the ROPS.
  • Regularly inspect and maintain equipment.

The pamphlet is available in English and Spanish on OSHA’s website.


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