Everyone working on your property should understand the basics of PTO safety
We’ve read the unfortunate headlines, but the story of farm-related injuries and deaths come every year, involving workers ranging in age from early teens to late 70s. Often, these involve making a poor split-second decision regarding the tractor’s PTO.
PTOs, or power-takeoffs, make it possible to get power from your tractor to another piece of equipment, like a baler, mower or broadcast seed/fertilizer spreader. However, they also present safety challenges when operators fail to take proper precautions.
In the blink of an eye, limbs and even lives have been lost in PTO-related accidents.
It’s about power transfer
To understand the dangers, it’s important to understand how a PTO shaft transfers power between the tractor and implement. The tractor’s PTO drive shaft is connected to a drive system on the implement.
Accidents tend to happen when someone gets too close to the moving parts. A loose sleeve can get snagged, and if the person tries to jerk it free, that actually makes things worse.
Also, people can get complacent when they’re in the habit of working with machinery and take shortcuts—like reaching for a lever from the rear of the tractor with the PTO in gear.
Key safety tips
You won’t believe how fast disaster happens