Reg Steward, Beef in BC, 20 July 2017
Let’s keep some things clear. I say keep them clear because the message has not changed in a long time about the risks associated with the use of tractors in agriculture And I want to keep clear the message that AgSafe has proclaimed for a long time. You must wear your seatbelt if you are operating a tractor equipped with ROPS (Roll Over Protection Structure (or System)… I like that term as the system reminds us that it includes seatbelt use).
Tractors are a leading source of serious injury and fatalities on farms and ranches.
A recent publication may have caused confusion when reporting that you have a choice about seatbelt use based in some conditions… I want to make it crystal clear… you don’t.
Part 16 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) does make an exception for some industries and some mobile equipment use but this does not extend to agricultural tractors. Part 28.42 of the OHSR removes any exemption that is provided in section 16.33. I want to make it very clear… you don’t have a choice.
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