Top 10 Suggestions For Tractor Safety (also available in Spanish)
Tractors are the primary source of work-related injuries on farms; nationally, nearly one-third of all farm work fatalities are tractor related. In Pennsylvania in 2012, 36 % of fatalities involved tractors.
However, not all of the injuries happen while the tractor is being used for work. Injuries occur for a variety of reasons and in a number of different ways.
Hazards can be grouped into four categories: 1) overturns, 2) runovers, 3) power take-off entanglements, and 4) older tractor technology.By following the Top Ten Suggestions for Tractor Safety in this brochure the overwhelming majority of tractor-related injury and fatality incidents can be prevented.
Match the operator to equipment:
- Consider person’s size, experience, and decision-making ability in relation to the size and sophistication of the tractor and attached machinery.
One seat = One person:
- There is NO safe childcare location on a tractor.
- Extra riders compromise the operator’s attention to detail, decision-making and full use of skills and knowledge.
Have a ROPS to provide a protected zone:
- Safest tractor: ROPS with enclosed cab
- Second safest tractor: 4-post ROPS
- Third safest tractor: 2-post ROPS
- No fourth safest
Stay in the protective zone:
- Use the seat belt.
Keep up good maintenance:
- Hazard decals
- All other safety devices.
Avoid common injuries from slips, trips and falls. Use:
- Handholds, steps, and three-point mounting/dismounting procedures
Avoid side rollovers:
- Understand the principles of center of gravity and centrifugal force.
Avoid rear overturns:
- Understand the principles of rear axle torque.
- Hitch only to the drawbar.
Keep PTO guards in place
Limit mixing tractors and vehicular roadway traffic:
- When possible, travel at off-peak times
- If you must be on the road, use:
- slow moving vehicle (SMV) emblem
- turn signals
- flashing lights
- escort vehicles
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