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:
- power take-off entanglements
- older tractor technology
By following these suggestions for tractor safety, 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
When possible, pull off, let traffic pass. (Understand that by motioning another driver around the tractor and equipment, you assume responsibility for their actions)