We want to help you understand what a FOPS is and what it does.
And as a quick aside --- we are here to help you purchase a new tractor and implements when the time is right.
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The importance of tractor safety cannot be overstated.
When many people think of tractor safety issues --- one of the first things that comes up is rolling over.
One of the most important safety features on a tractor is the ROPS --- which is a “Rollover Protective Structure” designed to protect the operator in the event that their tractor rolls over backward or sideways.
These types of accidents can cause anything from a very minor injury to an unfortunate fatality.
And there’s another type of injury that should always be top of mind. This is the potential for falling debris to hit a tractor operator on the head. While it not as common as a rollover --- falling debris is an issue that must be addressed to keep the tractor operator safe.
To avoid these kinds of injuries, it is important to outfit your tractor with a FOPS.
What is a FOPS?
A FOPS is a “Falling Object Protection System.”
FOPS are fitted to tractors, as well as mining and construction machinery.
They are used on machinery that is operating in an area where there is a danger of falling debris. Debris that could easily hit the tractor operator on the head.
Structure and Design
The FOPS is an assembly made mainly of plastic materials.
On many modern tractors, the FOPS and ROPS are combined right in the cab structure. In some cases, they are still separate.
Some heavy-duty machines are outfitted with an additional durable frame over the cab.
These durable frames feature thick bars that prevent objects from hitting the cab. This helps protect the cab and the operator.
Some cabs are even fitted with bullet-proof and shatter-proof glass to protect the operator from airborne fragments. Some machinery has the added feature of cab guards fitted to the windows. This is more common in machinery used for demolition or forestry work.
We highly recommend that you fit your tractor with a FOPS for extra protection.
Hopefully, this brief article has helped you get a very basic understanding of “Falling Object Protection Systems” (FOPS) and why they are so important.
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