Harvest Season Tractor Safety

Nina ConnerAgribusiness

By Gina Ekstam for AssuredPartners

As harvest season picks up, more tractors and farm equipment will be on the road and in the fields – including combines and other harvesting equipment moving from one field to another.

When operated correctly, tractors are generally safe, but tractor overturns are the leading cause of fatalities in the ag industry. With approximately 130 deaths per year, overturn accidents can happen in seconds. A protective structure, such as a roll bar or cage frame, and a seat belt are simple measures that can protect workers from being crushed or thrown.

Safety depends on knowledge, alertness, and hazard awareness.

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