Tractors: the dangers
For many farmers, their daily work would be almost impossible without the use of tractors. Crop production relies on tractors, and we need to make sure we are using them safely.
Manoeuvring tractors is often a cause for accidents. Particularly across uneven terrain, tractors can roll with serious consequences.
As with many vehicles that we use not only for farming but just in daily life, the seat belt is a fundamental safety feature in a tractor. Working in tandem to protect the driver, is the rollover protective structure (ROPS) that must be installed on tractors on Australian farms.
To keep alive and well when operating a tractor, remember to:
- securely fasten your seat belt
- avoid ditches, embankments, and holes if at all possible
- reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on slippery surface
- stay off slopes too steep for safe operation
- do not allow passengers
- be sure everyone is a safe distance before moving
- operate the tractor as smoothly as possible
- hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by the manufacturer
- set brakes securely when tractor is stopped and use park if available
- if leaving the tractor cab to open or close gates, ensure the tractor has its brakes set and is not left in gear.
Always train employees on the safest way of operating a tractor and other machinery around the farm.
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