Tractor rollovers cause fatalities

Submitted by the Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau
    Despite continuous safety improvements to farm machinery by manufacturers, more than a third of all farm-related fatalities each year involve a tractor rollover, according to analysis by Country Financial of farm-related deaths in Illinois over the past 10 years.  Collisions involving farm equipment caused the second highest number of fatalities in the same time period.    
    From 2005 to 2015, 36 percent of all farm-related deaths in Illinois occurred as a result of tractor or other farm machinery rollover or run over.  This past year, July 2014 to June 2015, seven farmers were killed as a result of a tractor rollover.
    “The sad reality is while manufacturers continue to build safer farm machinery, many farmers are holding on to older tractors that lack the essential safety features of new machinery,” said Eric Vanasdale, senior loss control representative.  “While new farm equipment may have roll over protective structures (ROPS) installed at the factory, many farmers are using older tractors that have not been retrofitted with ROPS.”

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