Tractor safety measures urged in Okanagan valley

Never before have so many people gone to town with muddy knees and dirt under their fingernails.

Dear Editor:

What an incredibly beautiful and productive valley we live in!

In a relatively short period of time each year,  we grow an amazing amount of food and ornamental plants in the Okanagan Valley.

The number and quality of backyard gardens in Summerland is increasing as more people nurture an appreciation for food production.

Never before have so many people gone to town with muddy knees and dirt under their fingernails.

Working in the soil with a garden fork makes us realize the effort it takes to grow food.

Gardening on a small scale helps us remember to value the people who farm for a living. When their neighbours are out gardening, golfing, boating and playing tennis farmers are often on their tractors mowing, spraying, harvesting and hauling.

Farming is a risky business, not just because of the uncertainties of markets and the unpredictability of weather, but because farm tractors are powerful and potentially dangerous machines.

I know too many farm families who have lost a loved one in a fatal tractor accident.  If you are the driver of a motor vehicle and there is a farm tractor sharing the public road with you, please be patient.

When a tractor pulls over to the side of the road to allow you to hurry past, the tractor risks driving onto the soft shoulder of the road and is in serious danger of a rollover.

In the event of a tractor rollover, a rollover protective structure (in farm jargon that is ROPS) can help save the  tractor driver.  A rollover protective structure may be a roll bar or it may be a cab structure.

I implore my farmer friends, use your ROPS.  If you cannot use ROPS because the tree branches are too dense, then please slow down and keep your load low.

If an accident happens and your tractor rolls over, ROPS and a seat belt may save your life. By the way, farm tractors are not amusement park rides. Please, don’t take a child on one.

Let’s be careful out there.

Jan Carlson

Summerland

 

Just Posted

Driver escapes vehicle fire

Smoke and flames were spotted coming from the hood of a truck on Hudson Road

Penticton reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Freezing rain expected on the Coquihalla

Wet weather expected to cause issues on B.C. highways

Controlled burns taking place across Okanagan

That smoke you see on Okanagan hillsides is supposed to be there

Snowfall warning between Merritt and Hope

As much as 20 centimteres of the white stuff is expected along a stretch of the Coquhialla

Heavy snowfall expected on Coquihalla

Snow forecast for mountain highways

LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP to take part in apology

“These are all the organizations that perpetrated past discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman

An auditor has found that Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman, when they can get through

B.C. mining company stakes claim in Australia

Copper Mountain is set to purchase Cloncurry Copper Project in a $93-million deal.

Serious home invasion reported in Kamloops

Two people are in hospital with serious injuries following a home invasion

Modular construction plant rebounds to 50 employees

That’s more employees than before Britco slashed operations this year and they say they’ll expand more

Annett finishes season on the podium at Ironman Arizona

Penticton triathlete sets new course record on the bike

Cash donations create purchasing power

Salvation Army and food banks stretch a donated dollar a long way

Penticton vacation rental licences quadruple since 2015

More than 100 of the approximately 140 business licences handed out by the city came since 2015

Most Read