Farm Safety Check: Tractor Safety

Farm Safety Check: Tractor Safety


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Tractors are nearly universal on the farm. While a critical piece of equipment, tractors are also the number one cause of death on the farm.

Take the time to refresh all tractor operators on the necessary steps and training for safe operation.



  • Have pre-operational checks been completed before driving such as oil, tire pressure and gas. Check the area around the tractor to ensure it is clear of children, dogs, etc.
  • Has the machine been disinfected between operators? If so, how frequently and with what ?
  • Are drivers entering the tractor with three points of contact to prevent falls?
  • Does the tractor have working lights and a slow-moving vehicle sign when being driven on roadways?
  • Are tractors equipped with rollover protective structures (ROPS) and seat belts?
  • Are power take-off (PTO) guards in place and in good condition?
  • Are hydraulic lines in good shape, with no leaks?
  • Are drivers checking for other workers before moving the tractor?
  • Are you keeping kids off tractors and out of the area they are being used?
  • Are there no extra riders? This maintains safe tractor operation and physical distancing.
  • Are implements only attached to the tractor once the tractor is turned off, on level ground and the brakes applied?
  • Are drivers reducing speed on hills and steep slopes?
  • Are all drivers trained and have they received necessary certifications or licensures?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.


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Disclaimer: The facts and information provided are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to ensure your safety, and are not an endorsement of any products mentioned.