Slow Down for Safety During the Hustle of Harvest

| 9/24/2012 12:22:42 PM

The hustle of harvest is nearly upon us, and farmers and ranchers across the country will be working at full-speed to get important work done. Harvest undoubtedly requires a speedy execution, which increases the risk of injury for tractor operators. This harvest season, Kubota Tractor Corporation is reminding all tractor and heavy equipment users to slow down and invest the time to create safe operating habits in observance of the National Education Center for Agriculture’s “National Farm and Safety Health Week,” September 16 – 22, 2012.

“At Kubota, safety is a top priority and this harvest we are encouraging all those who operate tractors and heavy equipment to take a step back and talk to the entire family about slowing down for safety,” said Greg Embury, vice president of sales and marketing, Kubota Tractor Corporation. “There’s no such thing as talking ‘too much’ about safety with your family. These conversations could prevent a serious injury or fatality due to an unfortunate accident.”

Safety Starts with Use of a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS)

According to the National Safety Council, if all tractors were equipped with a ROPS and a safety belt, about 350 lives would be saved each year, as most tractor fatalities are caused by overturns. Make sure your tractor – old and new – has a fully operational ROPS. Along with a fastened seatbelt, ROPS provides a protective zone around the operator, which proves to be highly effective in preventing serious injury and death due to tractor rollovers. If your tractor has a foldable ROPS, fold it down only when absolutely necessary and fold it up and lock it again as soon as possible. Although Kubota strongly recommends the use of ROPS and seatbelts in almost all applications, do not wear the seatbelt when the ROPS is folded.

For owners of older model Kubota tractors, Kubota offers information about ROPS and seatbelt installation on the safety tab, which allows owners to submit their tractor’s model and serial number for eligible models to obtain retrofit pricing from their local Kubota dealer. Major tractor manufacturers have special programs where a ROPS can be obtained for most tractors manufactured since 1970. To date, Kubota dealers throughout the country have installed more than 10,000 retrofits.

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