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

Summerland’s Monro house has had minimal changes in 110 years

Home, Zimmerman’s Gulch, Sweetheart cherry tree recognized during Heritage Week

Niedermayer jersey retirement ceremony a dream come true

Penticton minor hockey players bring home memories of a lifetime from Niedermayer jersey retirement

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

UPDATE: Tractor trailer overturned on Highway 3A near Yellow Lake

Drivers may be wise to plan an alternate route as crews will need to recover the truck

72 Summerland businesses nominated for awards

Summerland Chamber of Commerce to present awards at gala in late March

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Larch Hills junior skiers top Teck BC Midget Championships

Multiple top-five finishes contribute to aggregate team trophy

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

Pool plans disappoint Shuswap swim clubs

Salmon Arm mayor assures options for city rec centre only preliminary

Vehicle fire on Coquihalla near Kamloops

A large plume of smoke could be seen rising into the sky over Highway 5

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

Most Read