Now that kids are home from school, it’s always a good time to remind your employees (and yourself) about the importance of safety on the farm. Kubota sent out a good reminder recently of tractor and utility vehicle safety.
Ten Commandments of Tractor Safety
1. Know your tractor, its implements and how they work
2. Use ROPS and seat belts whenever and wherever applicable
3. Be familiar with your terrain and work area – walk the area first to be sure and drive safely.
4. Never start an engine in a closed shed or garage
5. Always keep your PTO properly shielded
6. Keep your hitches low and always on the drawbar
7. Never get off a moving tractor or leave it with its engine running
8. Never refuel while the engine is running or hot
9. Keep all children off and away from our tractor and implements at all times
10. Never be in a hurry or take chances about anything you do with your tractor
In a recent safety podcast from Kubota VP Greg Embury, he offers excellent safety reminders. “It’s important for all equipment operators – especially utility vehicle drivers and riders – to wear seatbelts, and help promote safe operating practices with family and friends. Safety is something that we should think about all year round, and National Safety Month provides us all with an excellent reminder to brush up on our safety practices before we use tractors, lawn and garden equipment, construction equipment and utility vehicles.”
recent safety podcast
And for more on safety in agriculture, especially protecting our kids, check out Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. Excellent teaching resources here!