Farming in Virginia was safer in 2010

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Farming became safer in Virginia in 2010.  Eight people died due to farm-related accidents last year — six fewer than in 2009. Tractor overturns and all-terrain vehicle accidents accounted for four fatalities, while equipment issues and collisions led to the additional four, according to the Virginia Farm Bureau.

For the past 16 years, tractor overturns have accounted for 40 percent of Virginia farm deaths, the most of any accident category. According to the bureau, rollover protective structures (ROPs) and seatbelts can help prevent deaths due to tractor overturns.

“Getting more farmers to install ROPs and wear seat belts will go a long way toward reducing these numbers further,” Jimmy Maass, a Farm Bureau safety coordinator, said in a statement.

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