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What is a Tractor ROPS?

ROPS stands for “Roll-over Protective Structure.”

It is a frame that will protect the tractor operator if the tractor rolls over.

ROPS limits most rolls to 90-degrees. In the event of a full roll-over, the ROPS protects the operator from being crushed by the tractor.


Sweden has required ROPS on new tractors since 1959.

In the United States, ROPS became standard equipment in 1985. OSHA standard 1928 requires that employers provide a ROPS on tractors with more than 20 horsepower (net engine power).

A ROPS is available on nearly all tractors sold today. ROPS kits are available for most older tractor models.


In 2005 alone, there were over 54,000 farm-related injuries in the United States. This included over 700 deaths.

Farm machinery is the leading cause of farm-related accidents. Tractor roll-overs are a leading cause of farm machinery accidents. It is estimated that a ROPS and a seatbelt could have prevented near all the roll-over fatalities.


There is a common complaint with ROPS’. This is the need for lower tractor heights, so they can operate in buildings and vineyards.

Many manufacturers offer a folding ROPS option. This allows the operator to lower the upper portion. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has tested an AutoROPS system in which a roll-over sensor automatically deploys a lowered ROPS.

What is a FOPS?

Industrial loader tractors are often equipped with an overhead structure. This prevents a dropped object from hitting the operator. Not to be confused with a ROPS, this structure is known as FOPS, which stands for “falling-object protective structure.”

If you need any further help or have any questions about ROPS, tractors, or anything else, please contact your dealer, local mechanic, or call us at 602-734-9944. Please ask about our current new and used tractor supply.

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