Facts About Farm Safety

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According to the University of Illinois Extension, one out of 16 Illinois farm families will have a major farm accident this year. And even if you don’t live on a farm, you likely encounter farm equipment on the road during fall harvest season. Keep this information in mind about farm safety:

Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) Sign

  • The orange triangle you may see on tractors and harvesting equipment warns approaching vehicles to slow down.
  • The SMV sign isn’t just for tractors – any vehicle that cannot travel at more than 25 mph is required to have one.
  • A car traveling 55 mph when 400 feet behind a tractor traveling 15 mph only takes 7 seconds to reach the tractor. A collision at such high speeds can be dangerous.

Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS)

  • ROPS refers to a cab or frame that provides a safe environment for a tractor operator in the event of a rollover.
  • The ROPS must meet standards set forth by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
  • In addition to ROPS, the tractor operator must wear a seat belt to be fully protected.
  • 49 percent of farm tractors in use in Illinois do not have ROPS.

Sept. 16-22: National Farm Safety and Health Week takes place each year during the third week of September to promote awareness of responsible farming practices.

Sources: American Society of Safety Engineers, University of Illinois

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  1. Jackson Bush

    July 31, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Its good to know that the SMV sign is an orange triangle. My brother was wondering what the orange triangle sign meant on the road. I’ll be sure to let him know that its a sign that lets tractors know they need to slow down. http://www.southsideequip.com/used.php

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