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Structural deterioration of tractor safety cabs with age [online]

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Internet only - free access
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HSE
Year:
2004
ISBN-ISSN:
0717628736
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Electronic resource
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The objectives of this investigation were to determine the prevalence, structural severity and practical implications of tractor safety cab / roll-over protective structure (ROPS) structural deterioration with age within the UK. A detailed survey of levels of cab deterioration present upon approximately 400 used tractors, manufactured in the period 1970-1990, was conducted at major UK vehicle auctions. Following purchase at auction, the cabs of seven example tractors, exhibiting representative levels of deterioration, were partially dismantled to enable detailed visual inspection of deterioration / corrosion present. Five of these vehicles were subsequently subjected to a recognised (OECD Code 4) safety cab / ROPS structural testing procedure, to determine if the structures were still capable of providing adequate roll-over protection.
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