Farm tractors are essential to modern, high output agriculture.
Without them, food production would fall far short of meeting our
needs. Unfortunately, tractors are generally the farm machinery
identified with the most injuries in crop production
Maneuvering sometimes difficult terrain can put the tractor in
precarious situations. That type of terrain can cause a tractor to
roll, putting the operator in danger.
The rollover protective structure (ROPS) and seat belt, when
worn, are the two most important safety devices to protect
operators from death during tractor overturns. It is important to
remember the ROPS does not prevent tractor overturns. Rather, it
keeps the operator from being crushed during a rollover.
When operating a tractor, remember to:
Securely fasten your seat belt
Avoid ditches, embankments, and holes if at all possible
Reduce speed when turning, crossing slopes, and on a
Stay off slopes too steep for safe operation
Do not allow passengers
Be sure everyone is a safe distance before moving
Operate the tractor as smoothly as possible
Hitch only to the drawbar and hitch points recommended by the
Set brakes securely when tractor is stopped and use park if
Remember that while these things may be second nature to you, it
is critical to train young people and new farmers to operate
tractors properly. Beyond the tasks associated with driving,
recognizing and avoiding hazards should be addressed.
Farm Safety For Just Kids is devoted to the
safety and health of rural youth by preventing
injuries and fatalities. For over 25 years
the organization, chapters across the country, and
outreach coordinators have provided farm safety education to youth
and their families. For more information visit the website or
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