Bacon County Ag Update

Equipment Safety



Equipment safety is one of the more important issues regarding farm safety. Equipment can be extremely dangerous if not respected.


Here are some general rules to making your day safer everyday:


  1. Before operating equipment do a safety check: check for loose tools around the equipment, check the fluid levels and tire integrity, look for animal nests, especially wasp nests that may have been built.
  2. Never work on a tractor or equipment while it is operating. Especially around PTO and pick mechanisms on balers and forage choppers.
  3. Be extremely careful around embankments or any sloped areas, edges of ponds, and other hazards in the field. Tractor rollover is the number one cause of death in agriculture. Do not go anywhere you feel uncomfortable going.
  4. If you do not have Rollover protective structure, get one retrofitted. University of Kentucky has a retrofit website that can assist with getting connected to the right resources
The Kentucky ROPS Guide –

Your Guide to Available Retrofit ROPS for Agricultural Tractors Nationwide. Home Page

  1. Only attached a chain to pull with a tractor at the designated location in the manual. IF you attached to high, tractor can flip straight back.
  2. ALWAYS make sure workers are taught and have demonstrated expertise in operating equipment. NEVER assume someone knows the equipment.
  3. ALWAYS make sure workers are informed about the field they will be operating in. Are there dropoffs, rocks, hoels, etc.. THey should know what and where hazards are beforehand.
  4.  Everyone that works with equipment or on the farm in general should get CPR and basic first aid training. Famrs are generally in remote locations and it could take longer for emergency responders to get there. The First on the scene is usually a family member or other farm worker and their efforts may be the difference between life and death.
  5. Make sure you have a communications plan. There should be a check-in schedule. There have been cases where people would have survived if someone new they were entangled in a piece of equipment. IT is sometimes hours before people realize someone is missing.
  6. MAKE safety a habit. IF you do not have to think about it, you will do things safely even when tired or in a hurry.


This subject can be an entire course. So I try to cover the main things that I have seen and that I think are important. Let me know if you need more information or a safety presentation.




Glen C Rains, PhD, PE

Professor – Department of Entomology Adjunct Professor – College of Engineering

University of Georgia – Tifton Campus

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Agrability Website –