(Source: Penn State University Ag Safety & Health)
Using a rollover protective structure (ROPS) and wearing a seat belt are the most effective ways to prevent an injury or death in the event of a tractor rollover. However, only about 60% of farm and ranch tractors have a ROPS. Some farmers and ranchers are unaware that ROPSs are available for particular tractor makes and models. The University of Kentucky has developed an online guide that enables agricultural producers to determine whether ROPSs exist that are compatible with their tractors and where these ROPSs can be found. If you have a tractor that does not have a ROPS, click here to be linked to the University of Kentucky ROPS Guide to determine whether a ROPS is available for your tractor.
Depending on the make and model of the tractor, the price of a ROPS can range from about $200 to $2,800, but the average cost is approximately $850. Several states have rebate programs that offer incentives for the purchase and installation of ROPSs.
In the states of Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, the ROPS Retrofit Program rebates 70% of the cost for the purchase and installation of a ROPS, to a maximum amount of $765. This amount includes the cost of the ROPS, shipping, and installation.
The ROPS Retrofit Program is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and managed by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH). At the state level, partners and sponsors can include universities, agricultural organizations, insurance companies, equipment dealers, agricultural companies, and so on.
For more information about the ROPS Retrofit Program, click here to be directed to the program's website. From the home page you can navigate to information about each of the four states included in this rebate program.
The North Carolina Farm Bureau offers a ROPS incentive program for its members. If approved, North Carolina Farm Bureau members can qualify for up to $500 toward the cost of the installation of a factory-retrofitted, dealer-installed ROPS and seat belt. There is a limit of one incentive per member per year. Click here to be directed to the website of the North Carolina ROPS Incentive Program.
The Virginia Farm Bureau has a ROPS incentive program for its members. The incentive award amount is $400 per ROPS retrofit. To qualify for the incentive, the tractor must be owned by a current member of the Virginia Farm Bureau and must have an approved retrofitted ROPS that was installed by a qualified technician. The tractor cannot have had a ROPS at the time the member purchased it. Click here to be directed to incentive information for Virginia.
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