a 5-point check list, the students will identify high-risk
areas associated with farm tractors.
will be able to name five areas of a tractor to check for
safety of operation, and be able to tell if they are safe
Farming is now the most dangerous occupation in the United States.
Over half of reported farm fatalities are directly related to
the tractor. Each year it is estimated that over 300 children
are killed on farms. There are two main aspects of tractor safety;
one is the equipment on the tractor, the other is the way it
is operated. This lesson focuses on the equipment.The farm environment
is very healthy and enjoyable, however more education is needed
to protect those who have chosen this lifestyle.
tractor, or pertinent parts, or pictures of them.
equipment terms on tractor checklist to ensure comprehension
groups of 2 or 3, students will complete tractor checklist
on an available tractor (or)
no tractor is available, use parts or pictures to discuss
each category so students can take the checklist home and
perform the evaluation.
the five point checklist to reinforce actual safety features
and their purpose.
sound level meter is used to measure the decibels or loudness
at the site of exposure with the various available farm
equipment. For example, a tractor at both idle and full
throttle, a lawn mower or a chain saw.
students to take extra tractor checklist forms home and
apply them to their own farm tractors, and report deficiencies
the checklist in 6 months to assess changes that have been
made as a result of this lesson.
checklist to family farm equipment or whenever dealing with
students create a worksheet for other hazardous farm related
activities, for example: power take-off equipment, feeding
equipment, lawn mowers, chain saws, etc.
Moving Vehicle (SMV) - Is a reflective triangular sign
required by law for (farm) vehicles using public highways
moving at less than 25 miles per hour. (Must be mounted
behind the seat, point up, 2 to 6 feet above the ground,
near the center of the vehicle)
Take-Off (PTO) - a shaft that spins to transfer power
from the tractor to the implement behind it. It rotates
at a very high speed (540 or 1000 rotations per minute)
Shield - The three sided guard that is positioned around
the PTO stub shaft where it protrudes from the back of the
Protective Structure (ROPS) - A tractor feature like
a roll bar, designed to guard the operator from being crushed
in the event of a turnover, safety tested and labeled by
OSHA standards. Only effective when used with a seatbelt.
curriculum was produced by the New York Center for Agricultural
Medicine and Health (NYCAMH).
York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, One Atwell
Road, Cooperstown, New York 13326. Phone number: (607) 547-6023
or 1-800-343-7527 in the Northeast
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