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Objective: To be able to safely operate tractors and other self-propelled farm equipment. Background: Read and follow the equipment operations and safety manuals. Keep safety signs in good repair and replace them as needed. When replacing a part, be sure to transfer the safety equipment to the new part. Replacement safety signs are available from the dealer. Knowing how to use and operate all controls on each piece of machinery is the first step towards hazard free operation. Keep the machines in proper working condition. Do not modify equipment. Unauthorized modifications impair the function, safety and affect machine life. Tractors are large, heavy and powerful machines which require careful attention to operate and service. New tractors are equipped with safety devices to provide a reasonable amount of protection. Practice good safety habits and be aware of hazardous situations. Safe Operation of Farm Equipment: Safe operation depends on alert, efficient handling. Accidents may occur when the operator is tired or not alert. Limit use of equipment to those qualified to operate the equipment. Wear safety glasses to prevent eye damage due to flying debris. Wear snug fitting clothing to decrease the chance of catching something on a moving part. No riders on farm equipment. Prior to working in a field, check the field for debris, obstacles, ditches and holes that could cause the tractor to overturn. Adjust operating procedures to environmental conditions. Control is more difficult in mud, snow or ice. AGRICULTURAL SAFETY TOPICS TRACTORS & SELF-PROPELLED FARM EQUIPMENT WSPS.CA

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