Depending on your profession, you may find yourself operating a tractor every now and again. For example, if you work in the landscaping industry, it’s commonplace to spend some time on this type of equipment.
While the use of a tractor can speed up the completion of a job, it’s important to understand the safety risks. If you’re not careful, you could be part of a serious tractor accident, such as a rollover.
Even with many years experience, it only takes one miscalculation to rollover a tractor. If this happens, the chance of serious injury or even death is very high.
Here are five tips for preventing a tractor rollover accident:
- Slow down: Just the same as a motor vehicle, the faster you drive a tractor the greater chance there is of a rollover accident. Slow down, especially on uneven ground.
- Understand all the controls: A tractor has many controls, all of which you must know how to use. If you don’t, you could make a decision that increases the risk of an accident.
- Don’t run anything over: Just because you’re in a tractor doesn’t mean you can roll over anything that gets in your way. Be very careful of obstacles, as even something seemingly minor can result in a rollover.
- Don’t overload the tractor: If you don’t understand the capacity capabilities of the tractor, you’ll want to find out before you get started with the task at hand. Exceeding the load limit is a surefire way to increase the risk of an accident.
- Watch how you operate on a slope: In a perfect world, you would always be operating a tractor on level ground. As one of our Pennsylvania readers, you know this isn’t likely to be the case. Operating a tractor on a slope takes attention to detail, patience and quite a bit of skill. When working on a slope, always face the heavy end of the tractor uphill.
These tips will help you maintain your safety when operating a tractor. If you’re part of an accident despite your best efforts, call for help and focus on receiving the appropriate medical treatment.
Once you understand your injuries, decide if it makes sense to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You will want to learn more if you’re unable to immediately return to work.