Suggestions For Tractor Safety

In Pennsylvania in 2012, 36% of fatalities involved tractors.
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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:

  • overturns
  • runovers
  • 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

  • Brakes
  • Guards
  • Hazard decals
  • Signals
  • Lights
  • 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)