[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 181 (Monday, September 21, 2009)]
[Pages 48078-48079]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-22648]



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and 

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on 
proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. 
To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a 
copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 
and send comments to Maryam I. Daneshvar, CDC Acting Reports Clearance 
Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail 
to [email protected].
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways 
to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology. Written comments should be received 
within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

    Increasing Adoption of CROPS by Farmers and Manufacturers--New--
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

    There was an average of 200 tractor-related fatalities annually 
between 1992 and 2005 in the U.S., with tractor overturns accounting 
for 1,412 of these deaths. The majority could have been prevented with 
the use of a rollover protective structure (ROPS). It is estimated that 
about half of the 4.8 million tractors in the United States currently 
do not have ROPS installed. Earlier research indicated that adoption of 
retrofit ROPS technology for older tractors is impeded by the costs, 
complexity of this modification, usability and storage of the tractor 
after the retrofitting (installation), of a ROPS. To overcome these 
barriers, NIOSH designed a prototype of a cost-effective roll over 
protective structure (CROPS). Projected retrofit costs for CROPS are 
$800, compared to $1,200-$2,500 for ROPS; and the installation 
complexity is significantly reduced. NIOSH has CROPS prototype designs 
for five tractors: Ford 3000 series, Ford 4000 series, Ford 8N, Ford 
4600 and Massey-Ferguson 135. However, this technology has not been 
transferred to the agricultural workplace, suggesting that the barriers 
to adoption and implementation are much more complex than previously 
    With the assistance of state partners, the project will identify 
the study population--farmers in two selected states who use tractors 
for which a CROPS prototype has been developed by NIOSH. From this 
group of farmers a subset of farmers from the study population will be 
selected (18 in each state for a total of 36) to receive a CROPS at no 
charge. Each farmer will be asked to install the CROPS and provide an 
initial assessment of their perception of the utility and value of the 
device and allow others to observe the retrofit process. New York and 
Virginia were selected as states because of their high number of 
tractor roll over fatalities and established relationships with NIOSH, 
its partners, and access to farming communities. The state partners 
will schedule and arrange 18 demonstration projects within their 
respective states for a total of 36 tractor retrofit demonstrations. 
Attendance at these events is anticipated to be demonstrators, 
observers, community leaders and fabricators. It is anticipated to have 
a minimum of 10 attendees identified and secured for each of the 36 
demonstration projects. These attendees will be invited to observe 
installation of CROPS in the field and queried on their perception of 
the utility and value of the design. This will help identify barriers 
from and approaches for stimulating farmers to retrofit their tractors 
with Cost-Effective Roll-Over Protection Structures (CROPS) using 
stakeholder input.
    There is no cost to respondents other than their time.

                                        Estimated Annualized Burden Hours
                                                                      No. of      Average burden
                   Respondents                        No. of       responses per   per response    Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent      (in hours)      (in hours)
Farmer demonstrators of retrofitting CROPS......              36               3           15/60              27
Observers of CROPS demonstration................             364               3           15/60             273
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............             300

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    Dated: September 14, 2009.
Maryam I. Daneshvar,
Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and 
[FR Doc. E9-22648 Filed 9-18-09; 8:45 am]