Tractor Operation Safety

For Safe Operation

  • Securely fasten your seat belt if the tractor has a ROPS (roll over protective structure);
  • Where possible, avoid operating the tractor near ditches, embankments, and holes;
  • Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on rough, slick, or muddy surfaces;
  • Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation;
  • Watch where you are going, especially at row ends, on roads, and around trees;
  • Do not permit others to ride;
  • Operate the tractor smoothly -- no jerky turns, starts, or stops;
  • Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by tractor manufacturers;
  •  When tractor is stopped, set brakes securely and use park lock if available.

WARNING: An operator should not use alcohol or drugs which can change his alertness or coordination. An operator on prescription or over-the-counter drugs needs medical advice on whether or not he or she can safely operate machines.


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

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