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Power-Take-Off (PTO) Safety
Power-Take-Off (PTO) Safety Facts and Tips 

The power-take-off (PTO) allows a farmer to harness the power of the tractor engine to drive a variety of machines. It is just as important today as it was when it was first introduced. However, a healthy respect for the PTO driveline's potential for causing injury and death is needed.

  • Keep all PTO shielding (including the master shield) in place.

  • Repair or replace damaged or missing shields.

  • Stay safely away from unshielded moving parts.

  • Watch your step when walking or working around a running machine.

  • Wear work clothing with no loose ends or strings to catch on or be caught by machinery.

  • Keep long hair under a cap or tied back to prevent it from being caught by the machinery.

  • Keep children and non-workers out of the danger zone.

  • Stop the PTO when dismounting from the tractor.
  • Is the PTO shaft shielded?

  • Is the master shield in place?

  • Is the stub shaft shield available and in use when the PTO is not in operation?

  • Is the PTO shielding damaged?

  • Is the PTO shaft shield working properly?

  • Are all workers wearing proper clothing?

  • Is long hair tied back or under a cap?
Information supplied by the National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) – or 888-844-6322.
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