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following is a review of our company's safety procedures for
tractor drivers. It must be stressed that the company wants
your cooperation in following these procedures and to make
us aware of any hazard you observe. Do not be timid in reporting
hazards or accidents. The company will not take any action
against you for telling us about your concerns.
good worker is a safe worker. Be sure you know the safe way
to perform any job given to you. If there is any doubt ask your
are not expected under any circumstances to take unnecessary
chances or to work under hazardous conditions without adequate
special interest in new or inexperienced employees by calling
their attention to dangerous practices and by teaching them
a safe method of doing their work.
warning signs and tags as they are posted to point out hazards.
Horseplay and practical jokes are dangerous and are not tolerated.
Safety rules are for your protection. Everyone is asked to
live up to the spirit and letter of these rules in order to
safeguard all employees.
fasten your seat belt if the tractor has a ROPS.
possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments,
speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick,
or muddy surfaces.
off slopes too steep for safe operation.
where you are going, especially at row ends, on roads, and
not permit others to ride.
the tractor smoothly--no jerky turns, starts, or stops.
only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by the
the tractor is stopped, set brakes and use park lock if
employee who operates an agricultural or industrial tractor
shall be required to check the tractor prior to operation
each day and if it is unsafe report the matter immediately
to a foreman or mechanic and shall not use the tractor again
until it has been made safe.
shall be prohibited from stunt driving or horseplay while
operating an agricultural or industrial tractor.
repairs shall be performed on any agricultural or industrial
trucks until arrangements have been made to reduce the probability
of injury to repairmen or others caused by sudden movement
or operation of such equipment or its parts.
PTO Guards/Shields in Place
unshielded or partially shielded PTO can catch loose clothing
and wrap a person or limb around it in a fraction of a second.
The result can maim, cripple or kill.
master shield and stub cap in place.
stop PTO if you must stand near it.
Tractor Upsets By ...
tractors and implements away from irrigation ditches and
embankment edges. Edges may be weak and break from weight
traveling downhill use lower gears.
up a steep hill may increase your stability.
sharp turns and high speeds. High speed, rough ground and
narrow wheel settings increase chance of rollover.
slow down before turning.
Implements Only to a Drawbar
are designed to tow loads only from rear hitch.
hitch to axle or seat. A backward upset might occur.
load to the tractor. Never use a tractor that is too small
for the load.
front weights if necessary.
weight of load on trailing implement. This minimizes stress
at hitch point.
ear plugs if noise of tractor is loud.
stuck in mud, never chain block to wheel to increase traction.
This may result in the rear overturning.
you have to have the tractor towed out use caution.
towing with a nylon rope or cable, a special hazard exists.
Making a running start can stress a nylon rope or steel
cable to the breaking point. The heavy metal end connections
have fail and can snap back toward the towing tractor causing
with serious injury or death.
on Public Roads
all available safety devices and driving skills such as:
hitch pins--Seat belts
moving vehicle emblem and mirrors
lights Hand signals
sure loads are secured properly.
traffic to pass (Pull over to shoulder if possible).
tractor and equipment in your lane and near the shoulder.
When Getting On
or Off the Tractor, Remember the Following Points ...
mount of dismount while tractor is still moving.
all handle hoods, mounting steps and operator's platform
clean and dry.
not jump from the tractor.
bypass starting of tractor is allowed. Could cause death
all accidents and injuries to supervisor immediately.
any equipment needing repair to supervisor.
document was extracted from the FELS Ag Safety Training Series
for Tractor Drivers.
Employers Labor Service; 1601 Exposition Blvd., FB-17, Sacramento,
CA 95815-5103; Ph#: (916) 924-4124.
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