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Westfield Insurance Foundation donates $15,000 to Pennsylvania tractor rollover structure retrofit program

WESTFIELD CENTER, Ohio – January 6, 2012 – Westfield Insurance Foundation, an Ohio-based private foundation, donated $15,000 to the ROPS Retrofit Program for Pennsylvania Farmers, a program that provides rebate funds to install rollover protection structures – ROPS – on tractors.

Greg Kirkham, Westfield Insurance specialty lines field manager, presents $15,000 donation to Aaron Yoder and Dennis Murphy of Penn State's Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering

Tractor overturns are the leading cause of farming-related deaths. With more than 40 percent of tractors in Pennsylvania lacking proper rollbar and seatbelt protection, the ROPS program provides essential funding to help farmers purchase this necessary safety equipment.

"We know how to stop these fatalities," said Dr. Aaron Yoder, project coordinator. "Rollover structures, along with a seatbelt, have been proven to be 99 percent effective in preventing fatalities in the event of a tractor overturn."

The ROPS program is being administered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. It was selected by Westfield Insurance Foundation, as Westfield Insurance is a property and casualty insurance company and the top writer of farm business in the United States.

“Our business is about helping individuals and businesses recover after the unexpected happens, but insurance can't save a life,” said Ed Largent, president and leader of Westfield Insurance. “That’s why Westfield Insurance Foundation supports safety programs that prevent risk and stop tragedies from happening in the first place.”

Rollover-prevention equipment generally costs between $800 and $1,000. Through the ROPS Retrofit Program, farmers are reimbursed 70 percent of the cost of their ROPS kit, a savings of up to $765.

Visit www.ropsr4u.com or call the ROPS Rebate Hotline 877-ROPS-R4U (877-767-7748).

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with Westfield Insurance values, the Foundation seeks to support safety programs that prevent accidents in homes, cars and businesses; education programs that provide avenues to future employment; and community development programs that improve business and living conditions.

About Westfield
In business for more than 163 years, Westfield Insurance provides commercial and personal insurance in 21 active states, and surety services to customers in 31 states. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of over 1,100 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Insurance at www.WestfieldInsurance.com.

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