Orchard Owner Fined $3,000 after Worker Injures Leg in Tractor Incident

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A worker at an orchard was driving a tractor between farms when a vehicle hit the tractor from behind, causing it to roll over. The worker’s leg was seriously injured. The MOL found that although the tractor was equipped with a roll-over protection structure (ROPS), it wasn’t engaged at the time of the incident and the worker hadn’t been trained on the ROPS and its proper use. The orchard owner pleaded guilty as an employer to failing to provide proper information, instruction and supervision to a worker and was fined $3,000 [James Douglas Warner, Govt. News Release, Jan. 31, 2011].