Within the context of health and safety, vehicles that are used on any type of farm, or any type of agricultural work will normally have specific regulations that apply to them. These regulations will apply whether the vehicle or tractor is used on the farm or on a public highway.
Farms use a variety of agricultural machinery, the most common being a different range of tractors, but also vehicles such as utility vehicles, combine harvesters, ATVs and quite often ride on mowers. These vehicles account for a significant percentage of all accidents on farms, and tractor safety is paramount in this regard.
When writing about tractors, the principles apply to all types for machinery that mechanically propelled and have an operative of any age using them.
Modern tractors will have a tractor rollover protection system in place, which acts effectively as a roll bar in the event that the tractor overturns, or falls on one side These rollover protection systems have been in place on most tractors for a long time, but some older models will still be operating without them.
Current rollover protection systems normally come either as a foldable ROPS which are normally used where the tractor cabin is open. An enclosed cabin on a tractor will have a fixed ROPS which acts as a safety system in the same way.
The regulations that enforce a character having a rollover protection system in place, normally carry other safeguards to enhance tractor safety, and to prevent damage to the operative in the event of the tractor rolling over.
Perhaps the most basic one, is that characters must have a seat built fitted, and the operator of the tractor must use it at all times. This may seem quite normal and reasonable, but in truth is quite a hard requirement for many tractor operatives to follow.
Many people are in a tractor with a long period of time, on land that does not seem particularly dangerous, and with few or no other vehicles around. However it is a key element in maintaining safety of the tractor, and should always be adhered to.
The other safety advice was given in operating a tractor or any type of farm machinery is to avoid ditches, slopes, land that is leaning in one direction or another, and any holes.
Tractors are extremely powerful machines, which is often forgotten, because a lot of their power is directed towards the work they do rather than the speed of the vehicle. However, they are especially vulnerable to overturning it the pub cartons is not followed.
This applies not only to tractors and all agricultural machinery, but especially to ride on mowers as well that may be used on large estates, or small landholdings. These types of land are often quite rugged, and garden tractors are much more vulnerable to overturning then a large.tractor.
The speed of the tractor is also a factor in safe usage. Tractors tend to be used in very difficult types of terrain, and when navigating any type of slope or uneven surface, speed should be significantly reduced to allow for greater handling and manoeuvrability.
Any uneven land or slope should be carefully assessed before embarking on any type of work that involves navigating it.
It is really important that only the operative is allowed into the tractor cabin when it is being used. There is sometimes a tendency for someone to have children with them, or someone else space in the cabin permits it. This can be really quite dangerous and should always be discouraged.
The other critical piece of safety advice, which can make some quite obvious, is to apply the brakes and to set the parking lock when the tractor is not being moved.There is sometimes a tendency to think, particularly with large tractors, that because of their size, once stopped they will not move. This is simply not true, and a tractor should be thought of what any road vehicle in the sense.