Has your PTO-driven equipment ever broken down? Many farm workers can answer "yes." Unfortunately, many can also say that they've gotten too close to an operating PTO, causing their clothes to wrap around the shaft. A few lucky victims had their garments torn away. Others suffered serious injury or death.
The National Safety Council reminds you to turn off the PTO when inspecting a problem. The PTO shaft operates at speeds of 540 to 1,000 RPM's, so you may not have a second chance to do the job safely.
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