Tractor Safety

9 Tractor Safety Guidelines Ensure SMV emblem is visible. Adjust controls before operating. Operator Platform The operator’s platform consists of steps, seat with seat belt, and multiple controls at hand and foot positions. • Ensure steps are clear of obstructions (mud, manure, chains, tools, or hitch pins). • Check and adjust the seat and steering column so that you can comfortably reach all controls. • Seat belt should be worn at all times when the tractor has a ROPS. Never wear a seat belt in a tractor without a ROPS. • Ensure the cab windows are clean and vision is not obstructed. • When equipped, ensure there is a fire extinguisher with the pressure gauge in the charged range (green zone). • A first aid kit is recommended. • Always use access steps and hand-holds. Never jump from the platform. • Enter and exit facing the tractor to ensure a good grip. • Never get on or off a tractor whiel it is moving. Driving • Evaluate your surroundings and ensure that no pedestrians or other vehicles are in the vicinity. • All farm equipment traveling on any roadway must be equipped with an approved slowmoving vehicle (SMV) emblem. Emblems should be clean and in serviceable condition. Broken, worn, or discolored emblems should be replaced. Emblems should be on the rear of the vehicle, in such a location that they are highly visible, and not obscured by the mechanical components of the implement. • Public road driving should be done in the daytime, if at all possible, and during the lightest traffic hours. • Obey all traffic laws when traveling on public roadways. This includes proper lighting, turn signals, and right of way, etc. • Lock brake pedals together to help assure straight-line stops on public roadways. • Stay off the shoulders, when possible. If you must drive on the shoulder, reduce your speed and watch for side rails, soft spots, slopes, and other hazards. • Avoid high traffic roads and stop to allow traffic to pass, when possible. • Drive at speeds appropriate for; ¤¤ the job you are doing