Tractor Operation Safety

Check the Equipment

Before you begin your workday, take time to check your machine and have all systems in good operational condition.

  • Check for loose, broken, missing, or damaged parts. Have everything put in good repair.
  • Make certain all safety devices are in place.
  • Check ROPS and safety belt for damage. (A damaged ROPS or safety belt MUST be replaced).
  • Make certain implements and attachments are properly installed and that the tractor and implement PTO RPM ratings match.
  • Check the tires for cuts, bulges and correct pressure. Replace worn or damaged tires.
  • Check service and parking brakes for proper operation.
  • Check the engine oil system. Add oil if required.
  • Perform all maintenance procedures outlined by the tractor manufacturer.
  • Check that PTO drive locking devices are latched.
  • Check that the tractor PTO shield and driveline guarding are in place and operating properly.
  • Check the tractor and implement hydraulic system. Have any leaks or damaged parts repainted.


This training curriculum was produced by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH).

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