Tractor Safety

Photo courtesy of L&I. If your tractor has ROPS and a seat belt, use them, they may save your life!

If your tractor has ROPS and a seat belt, use them, they may save your life!

Photo courtesy of L&I.

Tractors are often considered a farmer's best friend. Yet, tractors involved in accidents continue to cause death and serious injuries such as the following:

  • Broken bones.
  • Head and body injuries.
  • Severe lacerations and cuts.
  • Internal injuries.

Many of these injuries are the result of workers coming into contact with moving parts on tractors that are not properly guarded. Tractors involved in accidents without rollover protection systems (ROPS) or tractors coming into contact with workers on the ground can also result in hospitalizations or death.

Operating tractors can expose workers to outdoor heat, field dusts containing silica, pesticides, anhydrous ammonia (in fertilizer) and other substances that become airborne.

Employers can prevent these types of injuries by doing the following:

  • Train tractor operators properly.
  • Install rollover protection systems (ROPS) on all tractors.
  • Guard moving parts, especially Power Takeoffs (PTOs).
  • Require the use of seat belts.
  • Follow the manufacturers' requirements for safe use and operations.

Employers should also ensure that tractor operation safety is a part of an overall Accident Prevention Program (APP).

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