|Bits & Bytes
Follow these OSHA standards to safely operate a tractor.
• Securely fasten your seat belt if the tractor has a ROPS.
• Where possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments, and holes.
• Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick, or muddy surfaces.
• Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation.
• Watch where you are going, especially at row ends, on roads, and around trees.
• Do not permit others to ride.
• Operate the tractor smoothly - no jerky turns, starts, or stops.
• Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by tractor manufacturers.
• When the tractor is stopped, set brakes securely and use park lock if available
Taken from an eXtension article
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Tractors and Machinery Safety
By Dr. Aaron Yoder, Penn State University
Tractors and machinery play an important role on most farms, so it is no surprise that they are a leading source of agricultural injuries and deaths. Tractors provide power and adaptability to many farm tasks. However, there can also be a safety risk involved. Some of the hazards are easily found where others are hidden.
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