Display of Stability Data for Safe Tractor Operation

Supported by NIOSH
Northeast Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
Fiscal Year 3 - October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004

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Principal Investigators - D.J. Murphy (djm13-at-psu.edu), H.J. Sommer III (hjs1-at-psu.edu)
Tractor Team - A.M. Yoder, J.W. Hilton, W.C. Harshman, R.S. Thomas, R.G. Bock
Sensor Team - C.I. Nichol

Although roll-over protection systems (ROPS) are now mandated for farm tractors, tractor overturns cause approximately 400 deaths per year in the United States. This project will focus on new cost-effective combinations of sensors and microprocessors to detect impending side overturn, overturn of tractors with attached implements and operator display ergonomics and psychology.

Extended Abstract
Major Accomplishments FY3