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Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety

Jill Webster Ph.D., Utah State University


Know your tractor . Most farmers know their machines well, but what about new farm help, or a neighbor’s tractor? Always look at the operators manual before operating an unfamiliar machine. Know the location of each control. Locations of important items, PTO levers for example, vary from one manufacturer to another. Be sure you can stop the tractor and its implements quickly if needed. It is important to perform a daily maintenance check on a tractor every time it is used. This will ensure that the tractor is in a safe and useable condition at all times.