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Introduction to Tractor Safety

Introduction to Tractor Safety. Can you identify all the parts of the tractor?. ROPS. Steering Wheel. Seat Belt. Operator’s Seat. Muffler. Lighting. Tire Rim. Tire. Starter. Operator’s Station Platform. ROPS. Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) Emblem. Lighting. Fender. Three Point Hitch.

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Introduction to Tractor Safety

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  1. Introduction to Tractor Safety

  2. Can you identify all the parts of the tractor?

  3. ROPS Steering Wheel Seat Belt Operator’s Seat Muffler Lighting Tire Rim Tire Starter Operator’s Station Platform

  4. ROPS Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) Emblem Lighting Fender Three Point Hitch Power Take Off (PTO) Shaft Master Shield

  5. How should a tractor be used? • Tow properly hitched farm implements (wagons, trailers, sprayers, etc) • Provide power to PTO-driven implements (including balers, harvesters, forage choppers, manure spreaders, etc.) • others

  6. Inappropriate uses of farm tractors • Pulling stumps and fence posts • Mowing on steep slopes and in deep gullies or ditches • Towing heavy vehicles while improperly hitched

  7. More inappropriate uses of tractors • To run errands in town or to a farm supply store • Carrying extra riders • Herding cattle • others

  8. Why use a ROPS and seat belt? • Tractor overturns are the leading cause of death among farmers and ranchers in the US • Factory-certified ROPS will prevent serious injury in the event of an overturn if the operator is using the seatbelt

  9. What activities can lead to run over incidents involving farm tractors? • Attempting to bypass start a tractor • see Case Study 1 • Carrying extra riders • See Case Study 2 • Operator problems • See Case Study 3 and 4 • Backing up • See Case Study 5 • Others

  10. Hazards and risks of tractors on highways • Speed differential between farm equipment and motor vehicles • Increased urbanization of historically agricultural areas • Lack of understanding on SMV emblems and tractor lighting and marking by the public • Lack of SMV emblems and tractor marking and lighting

  11. More highway hazards and risks • Improperly placed SMV emblems • Damaged, faded or dirty SMV emblems • A significant difference in the weight between farm tractors and machinery and motor vehicles • Others

  12. Summary points • Farm tractors are involved in more fatalities than any other piece of farm equipment • PTO-driven implements must be properly shielded • All tractors should be equipped with a ROPS and seatbelt

  13. Summary Points (cont’d) • Tractor operators play a key role in preventing runovers • Before operating a tractor on a public road, operators should be aware of the dangers • All tractors on roadways should have proper lighting and marking

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