On June 19th, NAEDA participated in the National Rollover Protection Structure (ROPS) Initiative Steering Committee meeting when it held its first meeting in Washington, DC. Attendees of the meeting included members from the Northeast Center for Agricultural and Occupational Health (NEC) within the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), the University of Tennessee, the University of Kentucky, the American Farm Bureau Federation, ROPS manufacturing companies, social marketing groups, and insurance companies. Equipment manufacturers were representd by AEM while NAEDA represented equipment dealers.
The consortium discussed and debated strategies proposed to scale up ongoing efforts towards increasing ROPS adoption among tractor owners in the United States. Overall, the consensus of the Steering Committee was unified, in its dedication to work towards reducing the heavy toll tractor rollovers have afflicted on the American population. It was brought out at the meeting that 20% of today's farm accidents are caused by rollovers and that comes with an average cost of $960,000 for each accident.