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Tractor Safety
Tractor Safety Facts and Tips 
 
Farm tractors provide the primary source of power on many farms. Studies show that the farm tractor is involved in a high proportion of farm fatalities and severe injuries. To avoid them, follow safe management principles and implement a tractor safety program on your farm.
  • Develop a "safety first" attitude. Follow safe work practices all the time and set a good example for others.

  • Be physically and mentally fit when operating tractors. Fatigue, stress, medication, alcohol and drugs can detract from safe tractor operation. Take breaks.

  • Read operator's manual and warning decals. Pay attention to safety information.

  • Equip the tractor with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) and wear seat belts.

  • Inspect the tractor for any hazards and correct them before operating.

  • Make sure everyone who operates a tractor has received training and is physically able to operate it safely.

  • Shut down equipment, turn off engine, remove key and wait for moving parts to stop before dismounting equipment.

  • Keep bystanders and others away from tractor operation area. Do not allow "extra riders," especially children.
Inspection
  • Are ROPS in place and seat belts used?

  • Is a PTO master shield in place?

  • Is the operator's platform clear of debris?

  • Is a reflective "Slow Moving Vehicle" emblem posted?

  • Are lights and flashers operational?

  • Are tires properly inflated?

  • Is the hydraulics free from leaks?

  • Are Brakes can be locked together?

  • Is a 20 lb. "ABC" fire extinguisher in place?

  • Is a fully equipped first aid kit on the tractor?
Information supplied by the National Safety Council’s Agricultural Division, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) – www.necasag.org or 888-844-6322.
 
 
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