October 8, 1997

Use of Rollover Protective Structures—Iowa, Kentucky, New York, and Ohio, 1992-1997

JAMA. 1997;278(14):1144-1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550140036019

AGRICULTURE HAS one of the highest occupational fatality rates of all industries in the United States.1 Tractors and other types of agricultural equipment account for a large proportion of these fatalities, and farm-tractor roll-overs account for approximately 130 work-related deaths each year in the United States.2 Although rollover protective structures (ROPS) are effective in protecting tractor operators from fatal injuries during rollovers,3-5 most tractors in the United States are not equipped with ROPS.4-7 Beginning in 1985, tractor manufacturers in the United Sates agreed to sell only tractors with ROPS; however, many older tractors without ROPS remain in use. To determine the prevalence of the use of ROPS, beginning in 1992, the Farm Family Health and Hazard Surveillance (FFHHS) program* collected statebased data on tractor age and use of ROPS from selected states. As of August 1997, four states had completed collection and analysis of data