New tool targets tractor rollovers

From 1990 to 2008, 330 Canadian farmers and farm workers died in tractor rollovers.

That represents about 25 percent of all farm-related deaths, says Agrivita Canada — a health and safety research group at the University of Saskatchewan.

Tractor rollovers are still a significant hazard on Canadian farms and part of the problem is a lack of knowledge and full understanding of the risk.

To fill that gap, the University of Manitoba, Red River College and Keystone Agricultural Producers have developed a new teaching tool.

The tool is a remote controlled mini-tractor, about the size of a lawn tractor.

The machine, known as the Mini Roll Over Training Tractor (Mini ROTT), will be a demonstration and training unit to educate students and farmers about rollover prevention strategies.

“Keystone Agricultural Producers is proud to be a part of the rollover training tractor (ROTT) project through our Manitoba Farm Safety Program,” said Bill Campbell, KAP president. “We look forward to using this innovative tool to further promote the need for safety awareness and training across our sector to reduce the risk of serious injury in the operation of tractors and large equipment on farms across the province.”

The research staff the Red River College’s Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing (TACAM) designed and built the tractor. It was unveiled July 16 at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station, south of Winnipeg.

“We were excited to partner with Keystone Agricultural Producers and Red River College to create this novel training tool that will assist the University of Manitoba in delivering potentially life-saving knowledge to the next generation of Manitoba producers,” said Martin Scanlon, dean of the faculty of agriculture.

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