Friday, June 19, 2009

Farm Safety

The Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety

If it sounds serious, it is. In fact, Kubota has developed the “Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety,” not only for its customers but for anyone who comes in contact with a tractor. These important tractor “Ten commandments” include:

Know your tractor, its implements and how they work. Read and understand the operator's manual before operating the equipment.

Also, keep equipment in good working condition.

Use ROPS and a seat belt whenever and wherever applicable. Kubota has provided ROPS as standard equipment on new tractors since 1985 and recommends tractor operators with older models ask their local dealer about retro-fitting their machine with a ROPS.

Be familiar with your terrain and work area – walk the area first to be sure and drive safely. Use special caution on slopes, slow down for all turns and stay off the highway whenever possible.

Never start an engine in a closed shed or garage. Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide, which is colorless, odorless and deadly.

Always keep your power take-off (PTO) properly shielded. Make it a habit to walk around your tractor and PTO driven implement – never walk over, through or between the tractor and implement, particularly if either is running. An unguarded rotating shaft is very powerful and rotates with enough speed and strength to kill you.

Keep your hitches low and always on the drawbar. Otherwise, your tractor could be at risk of flipping over backwards.

Never get off a moving tractor or leave it with its engine running. Shut it down before leaving the seat. A runaway tractor can be extremely dangerous.

Never refuel while the engine is running or hot. Additionally, do not add coolant to the radiator while the engine is hot; hot coolant can erupt and scald.

Keep all children off and away from your tractor and its implements at all times. Children are generally attracted to tractors and the work they do, but a tractor's work is not child's play. While a child's disappointment is fleeting, your memory of his or her injury or death resulting from riding the tractor with you, or being too close, will last a lifetime.

Never be in a hurry or take chances with your tractor. Think safety first, then take your time and do it right.

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