Spreading the Word to Save Lives Nick Schrader, winner of the ASABE Agricultural Seatbelt Usage and ROPS Logo Design Contest, took a chance and explored his creativity while enhancing tractor safety—and pocketed $2,500 for his efforts. In creating his entry for this one-time contest, Schrader’s goal was to further tractor safety by developing a graphic image that encourages tractor owners and operators to wear seatbelts, raise foldable ROPS to the upright position, and install ROPS on older tractors. His winning logo is now part of a national ROPS promotion strategy for North America. Agriculture ranks fourth among U.S. industries for work-related fatalities. Fatalities associated with agricultural machinery commonly involve farm tractors, and rollover incidents account for up to 76% of all farm tractor-related fatalities. ASABE and agricultural engineers have played a significant role in reducing tractor-related fatalities. Tractor-related deaths declined from nearly 18 per 100,000 workers in 1969 to fewer than 10 per 100,000 workers in 1995. Much of this decline can be directly attributed to improved safety design by ag engineers, including rollover protective structures (ROPS). ASABE members who have a background in tractor safety standards and design judged the contest entries.
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