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Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

From POLITICO:

 

"By Jenny Hopkinson | 07/11/2017 10:00 AM EDT
With help from Maggie Severns and Helena Bottemiller Evich
WHAT TRUMP'S BUDGET MEANS FOR TRACTOR SAFETY: Amid all the hoopla over President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget plan, which called for major cuts to a host of agriculture and other rural programs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got little attention. But a little-known program aimed at preventing tractor deaths is under threat.
Trump's budget would zero out the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health extramural funding, a bucket of money that includes what's known as the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program. The institute researches and aims to prevent tractor accidents - the No. 1 cause of injury and death on farms.
"It would be devastating," said Julie Sorensen, director of the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety in New York, where state leaders launched a creative effort to try to combat tractor rollover deaths back in 2006. There, with the help of NIOSH funding, the state gives farmers rebates to help them defray the costs of rollover protection systems (ROPS), also known as rollbars, for their tractors.
Trump's proposed elimination of NIOSH extramural funding came just as researchers, including Sorensen, and the National Tractor Safety Coalition, introduced the National ROPS Rebate Program, a new effort based on NIOSH-funded research. The site, supported by NIOSH, helps connect farmers to state and private funding for ROPS. It expanded nationally two weeks ago and it's already been flooded with requests (you can apply here ). Farmers can get up to 70 percent of the cost defrayed by applying for a rebate (the cost of a system can range anywhere from $140 to $6,000, the site says, but the average program participants pays about $391).
"If that funding is terminated as they're proposing in 2018, then all the work we've done to build these programs is for naught," Sorensen tells MA. New York and other states have been handing out ROPS rebates for years with great success, she said. "We've had farmers call back and say they did have a rollover or a close call and they survived."
Farming is dangerous: It's not widely recognized, but farming is a relatively dangerous profession. As Pro Ag alum Ian Kullgren recently wrote for The Agenda: "Farmers are nearly twice as likely to die on the job as police officers are, five times as likely as firefighters, and 73 times as likely as Wall Street bankers."
Seven states have ROPS rebate programs right now: The list includes New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Vermont, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, but only New York, Minnesota and Massachusetts have state funding for their programs (the others are donation based).
More states on tap?: Researchers hope other states will begin programs, but first they're hoping to survive the federal budget cycle ..."

 

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Fatalities

  • In 2015, 401 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury, resulting in a fatality rate of 19.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. Transportation incidents, which include tractor overturns were the leading cause of death for these farmers and farm workers.
  • The most effective way to prevent tractor overturn deaths is the use of a Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS). In 2012, 59% of tractors used on farms in the US were equipped with ROPS. If ROPS were placed on all tractors used on US farms manufactured since the mid-1960’s, the prevalence of ROPS-equipped tractors could be increased to over 80%.
  • On average, 113 youth less than 20 years of age die annually from farm-related injuries (1995 -2002), with most of these deaths occurring to youth 16-19 years of age (34%).
  • Of the leading sources of fatal injuries to youth, 23% percent involved machinery (including tractors), 19% involved motor vehicles (including ATVs), and 16% were due to drowning."

"The National Agricultural Tractor Safety Initiative reports that tractors cause about 130 deaths annually, or half of all farm worker fatalities."

 

44% of 130 is 59.  What is the value of adding ROPS to prevent 59 deaths a year?  Who is dying?  Based on popular news reports (not scientific) it's us all geezer mowing road ditches.  

 

I hate to bring this up, but I wonder if the people writing this report ever had a drink and drove home afterward?  ABout 88,000 people a year die from alcohol related causes.  In 2014, 9967 traffic deaths were due to alcohol.  We'll make public news and fire a pilot who drinks and flies.  We'll spend lots of money to let old men mow road ditches without dying.  But we won't stop alcohol related traffic deaths.

 

Give me a break!

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Honored Advisor

Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

When liberals have a hammer, everything they see is a nail.  I grew up moldboard plowing and packing silage piles with one of these death traps, no ROPs and I turned out fine.

 

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Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

Heck fire BA, that thing has a wide front end.. Smiley Very Happy 

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

20 trillion in debt and we're worried about programs like this getting cut??

Somebody's priorities are out of whack.

 

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

"and I turned out fine".......🚾

Yep those old w-6 were a safe tractor, low center
Of gravity, plus big fenders....but not much
Spring in the seat....they "bottomed out"
Pretty easy. I need to restore ours



But packing silage is dangerous
Esp with a tricycle frount..

Back to work had to stop for a while....showing
105 degrees and a good breeze

Is there a market for dehydrated corn ?

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Honored Advisor

Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

panic strickened grief and they avoid telling you just exactly how many deaths of those 401 were related to tractor rollovers....... for a reason......  If it were a serious number they would have used it........

 

but well over 50,000 die annually from drug overdose.  Since the title and point of this entry is to blame trump for pointing out our insanity................... which president should we blame for our drug overdose epidemic...??

 

we have lost all ability to reason.

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Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

No that`s a Dubya-9.   I grew up mowing hay with a sickle mower and a narrow front H.  One time I ran over a skunk and they always have to spray just out of spite, anyway she had babies and I mowed over them too, I put the cute little buggers out of their misery with a Crescent wrench.  But that spoiled that fresh alfalfa smell when I`d get to that part of the field.    I shoulda reported Dad to OSHA for all the stuff he had me do  Smiley Very Happy   

 

 

International Harvester Farmall Model H Farm Tractor With Mower Tractors photo

 

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Honored Advisor

Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

My first tractor options were these.... although not the actual ones because they were both propane.

And I cannot find a picture of the first one I rode on because the 55 was double headed... Not two heads, but two tractors in line operated by one man pulling two 18 ft one way plows...

Not sure that was done in a large area but was popular in the sw.  I was below the age of 12 and dad would never let me have that job alone.  

He put new bearings and rings in those 55's every other winter.

 

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Hey SW, Dad bought a 55 MH it had a Chrysler continental motor It had a narrow front and he had a cart you`d put the front wheels on and pull the whole outfit down the road.  Well something was wrong pulling tire or something and we parked it at a farm 13 miles away (place I live now) well we came back after a couple days to get it ...and it was gone the tractor and cart and everything, someone got a clean getaway.  After that everytime we`d see one at a sale we`d look it over, thinking it could be our long lost tractor.   Smiley Happy

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Re: Trump Upsets Tractor Safety?

I never did care for h and m.
There was a bearing in the steering that
Locked up for my grandpa and down into
The grader ditch he went but ok.
I was using a sickle mower in a prarie hay
Field...found some bumble bee's
One of them stung me and I swelled up
Like a balloon.
It came down and played little leauge ball
That night. We lost

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