Accidents involving crashes and/or rollovers of farm equipment are relatively common on-the-job, and unfortunately, many of these accidents can result in serious injury or death. According to one study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the farming industry has the third-highest crash fatality rate among American industries, and tractor rollover accidents account for about one-third of fatalities among farmworkers.
The driving of large farm equipment on highways is increasing, for reasons such as higher-speed equipment and general lack of regulations, and these accidents can be quite severe due to the vehicles’ size and closer proximity to higher-speed rural roads and highways. According to the Department of Agriculture:
Accidents involving equipment-rollovers are also especially dangerous due to a common lack of rollover protection structures (ROPS) on older tractors: an estimated 50% of the nearly 5-million tractors used in the U.S. today do not have ROPS structures or even seat belts. Rollover accidents are especially common when:
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