Tractor Safety (Sample News Release)

Tractors are one of the most important pieces of equipment on a farm, yet they are also among the most dangerous. More deaths are caused by tractors than by any other type of farm accident. It is therefore imperative that farmers routinely check their tractors and keep in mind the following safety guidelines:

  • Make sure your tractor has a rollover protective structure (ROPS). Other than using safe operating procedures, having a ROPS is the most important thing you can do to ensure you don't become a farm fatality statistic.
  • Make sure the Power-Take-Off equipment is shielded. They are installed for your safety. Always shut off engine and be sure that implement motion has ceased before making any adjustments or repair.
  • Make sure your tractor has rear-wheel and front-end weights that you can mount when needed. Use rear-wheel weights to add stability for front- end loaders, and always lower the loader before transporting.
  • Make sure the steps and platform of your tractor are free of loose tools, snow, ice, mud, and other debris that might cause you to slip and fall.
  • An ABC fire-extinguisher and a first-aid kit should always be readily available. Inspect fire extinguishers every six months to ensure your safety.
  • Be sure to have a slow moving vehicle emblem mounted on the rear of each tractor and each implement. This emblem should be centered between two and six feet above the ground.
  • Review safety procedures in your manual regularly. Your operator's manual is the best safety guide you have, so make good use of it.
  • Don't let your child become a farm fatality statistic. Say "no" to tractor rides.

More Safety Reminders From:

New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health
One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326

For further information write the above or call 1-800-343-7527.

This 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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