harvest of high quality forages can be crucial to the success
of many farms. A variety of equipment is used in the process
of converting crops into stored feeds. Many of these machines
are power take-off (PTO) driven and power shaft accidents
are among the biggest causes of severe injuries and deaths
on the farm. Non-cooperative weather can also add considerably
to emotional stress, causing a rush to beat the elements.
To help prevent such accidents from occurring, here are some
try to adjust or clear cutter bars, reels, or conditioning
rollers without disengaging the power. Avoid rushed movements
when working close to the equipment, even when stationary,
because of its sharp edges and points.
mowers should be properly shielded to prevent a flail from
becoming a lethal projectile if it happens to break loose.
standing near the rear of a operating conditioner since
foreign objects can be thrown from the rollers with great
out for stones, ground holes, and uneven terrain when cutting
try to work on a baler until the fly wheel has come completely
anyone from riding in a wagon if a bale thrower is being
should be thoroughly serviced prior to major use.
eject big bales in an area where rolling can occur.
allow someone to be near the equipment especially at the
rear when bales are being ejected.
try to service or clear the machine while the PTO is engaged.
sure your tractor is weighted properly to allow safe handling
and transport of large bales.
work near running wagons. Always disengage the PTO.
clear of the discharge conveyor while operating. Remain
in the tractor seat.
sure all shields are in place during operation to prevent
maintenance procedures specified in the owner's manual.
hay and forage equipment is PTO driven -- make sure that all
PTO shafts are properly guarded and be sure the power is off
before anyone attempts to clear or make adjustments.
public service announcement was produced by the New York Center
for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), One Atwell
Road, Cooperstown, New York 13326 - Ph# (607) 547-6023 or
(800) 343-7527 in the northeast. Publication date: 1994.
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