Where Can I Find a ROPS?
Updated Web guide to ROPS retrofits, provided by Dr. Mark Purschwitz and colleagues in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. http://warehouse.ca.uky.edu/rops/ropshome.asp
The best way to identify a ROPS retrofit for your tractor is to contact a local equipment dealer selling the brand of tractor you need a retrofit for. If the tractor is not made anymore, but the brand was taken over by another manufacturer (e.g., New Holland covers Ford, CASE, CASE-IH, and some IH brands; AGCO covers White, Allis Chalmers, Massey Ferguson, and some other older brands), you could contact them to see what ROPS they have available. For the more common tractors made in the 1960s–1980s, a ROPS should be available. If the tractor is older than this, and is not a common make of tractor, locating a ROPS will be more difficult, although there are some companies who make ROPS for certain older tractors.Comment by John Meyers, Health Statistician, NIOSH Division of Safety Research, NIOSH Science Blog, "Preventing Death and Injury in Tractor Overturns with Roll-Over Protective Structures," comment posted 1/5/2009.
Use Tractors with ROPS to Save Lives. Safe Farm Series, Iowa State University Extension.
ROPS Research Articles
Increasing Tractor Operator Protection through NIOSH CROPS Research. E. A. McKenzie, Jr., J. R. Harris.National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Written for presentation at the 2010 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, June 20 – June 23, 2010. Paper
Retrofitting tractors with rollover protective structures: perspective of equipment dealers. Tonelli SM, Donham KJ, Leedom-Larson K, Sanderson W, Purschwitz M. J Agric Saf Health. 2009 Oct;15(4):365-75. Abstract
Injury severity related to overturn characteristics of tractors. Myers ML, Cole HP, Westneat SC. J Safety Res. 2009;40(2):165-70. Abstract
Tractor overturn concerns in Iowa: perspectives from the Keokuk county rural health study. Sanderson WT, Madsen MD, Rautiainen R, Kelly KM, Zwerling C, Taylor CD, Reynolds SJ, Stromquist AM, Burmeister LF, Merchant JA. J Agric Saf Health. 2006 Feb;12(1):71-81. Abstract
Cost-effectiveness of roll-over protective structures. Pana-Cryan R, Myers ML. Am J Ind Med. 2002 Aug;Suppl 2:68-71. Abstract
Effectiveness of roll-over protective structures in reducing farm tractor fatalities. Reynolds SJ, Groves W. Am J Prev Med. 2000 May;18(4 Suppl):63-9. Abstract