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Falls from Tractors and Trailing Equipment

Run-overs caused by falls from tractors and trailing equipment are one of the most common forms of unintentional injuries that happen on the farm or ranch.

Falls from farm machinery are particularly common for the older farmer or rancher and children. Falls from machinery can be prevented by adopting these basic practices:

  • Wear shoes and boots with slip-resistant soles and heels.
  • Keep platforms, foot-plates and steps clear of mud, snow, manure or other debris.
  • Before moving, check the tractor and trailing equipment to see that no one has climbed aboard without your knowledge.
  • Remove tools or other items that may cause a tripping hazard from the operator platform.
  • Don’t use working farm equipment as a place to baby-sit children.
  • Never allow anyone to ride on the drawbar or towed machinery.
  • Insist that no one ride or operate farm equipment except those required
  • and trained for its operation, instruction, or diagnostics.
  • Reduce speed on rough, uneven or steep terrain.
  • Watch for obstacles.
  • Wear seat belt.
  • Wait for the tractor to stop before getting off.
  • Set brakes and step down using handholds or rails. No one should jump off a moving tractor.
  • Whenever possible, equip tractors with a Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) cab. They are more comfortable, give overhead protection, and prevent falls from tractors.

Just because you have been doing the job for years, don’t let complacency and routine be the cause of a serious injury or death.
Information source: National Safety Council Agricultural Division

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