Playing it safe – Trator safety
December 17, 2015
Losing control of a tractor can result in serious injury or death. Use these tips as refreshers or reminders on how to prevent injuries on the job.
- Read the instruction manual and receive the proper training before operating any machinery.
- Inspect the equipment before use.
- Inflate the tyres and set the wheel treads wide.
- Conduct a safety check on the guarding.
- Repair any hydraulic leaks.
- Ensure that the brakes are equalised so the tractor does not favour one side.
- Equip machinery with proper fire extinguishers and first-aid supplies.
- Display all required safety signs.
- Use rollover protective structures (ROPS) and wear a seatbelt in the event of an overturn.
- Fit the tractor for a fall-on protective structure (FOPS) to prevent getting hit from falling debris.
- Start the engine in an open space to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Learn the terrain before riding over it and plan accordingly to prevent accidents.
- Wear the appropriate clothing and hearing protection (earplugs or earmuffs).
- Do not carry passengers under any circumstances unless there is a special seat designed and installed by the manufacturer that is equipped with all proper safety devices.
- Adjust the seat so that the controls are easily accessible.
- Drive at slow speeds and remain in control—reduce speeds when braking and turning.
- Descend extremely slowly on sloping ground.
- Do not jump off a moving tractor.
- Use the hand brake while the machine is not in use.
- Refuel only when the engine is cool.