How Does Safety Rate on Your Farm or Ranch?

  • Karsky, Thomas J.;
  • Jaussi, A. K.




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Hazard corrected


Is there a SMV (slow moving vehicle) sign on the rear of the tractor or towed equipment for roadway travel?






When towing equipment, do you use safety hitch pins and chains?






Is there a first-aid kit mounted on the tractor?

Is a fire extinguisher located on the tractor?

When operating a tractor in buildings, do you open doors and windows or start ventilation fans?






Are steps free of mud, tools or debris that could cause slips?

Are keys removed from the tractor when not in use, to prevent theft or unauthorized people from using the equipment?






Do you always avoid hazards such as ditches, steep hills and other areas where tractors can tip?






When using front-end loaders, do you travel with the bucket low to avoid tipping sideways?






Have all tractor operators on your farm received training on their equipment and reviewed the operator's manual?






Do your tractor operators always do a proportional check, which includes a walk around the equipment to check lights, visibility, tires, brakes, etc?






Is mounted equipment always lowered before the operator leaves the tractor?






Are towed loads always hitched to the drawber, and never higher?






When towing high loads, are clearances from overhead powerlines always checked?






Is the exhaust system on each tractor in good condition and leak-free?






If the tractor does not have a sound proof cab, does the operator always wear hearing protection?






Are brakes adjusted regularly?


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