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In a backward tip, the tractor can hit the ground in less than one and a half seconds.
Factors that cause a tractor to tip over backward depend upon the load and the height of the hitch from the ground.
Use a tractor equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS), and the seat belt. If not available, have the tractor retrofitted.
About 85 percent of all tractor rollovers are side rollovers. Side rollovers depend upon the centre of gravity and centrifugal force of the tractor. The centre of gravity is the location where all of the tractor’s weight is equally balanced. This point can change due to attachments and weight from a load, such as when the material is carried in a front-end loader. The centre of gravity must remain within the tractor’s base of stability for the tractor to remain in an upright position. Confirm with the manufacturer where the base of stability is for each tractor. Centrifugal force is the force that pushes out on a tractor as the tractor makes a turn.
Some causes of side rollovers include:
To prevent side rollovers, operators should:
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