Public health focus: effectiveness of rollover protective structures for preventing injuries associated with agricultural tractors

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1993 Jan 29;42(3):57-9.


Agriculture ranks fourth among U.S. industries for work-related fatalities (1). Fatalities associated with agricultural machinery commonly involve farm tractors, and rollover incidents (i.e., the tractor tips sideways or backward and overturns, crushing the operator) account for 46% (Minnesota) to 76% (Georgia) of all farm tractor-related fatalities (2). Annually, agricultural tractor rollovers result in approximately 132 work-related deaths among persons aged > or = 16 years* (3). This report summarizes information regarding the efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of rollover protective structures (ROPS) on agricultural tractors.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Agriculture* / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Safety*