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Tractor safety features

Know your tractor!

Young people and learners should not drive tractors unless they are under strict supervision or unless they have received sufficient training. A tractor is not a toy.

The following illustrations show safety features that should be included on a tractor, as well as components that assist in its safe operation.

1. Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS).
2. Flashing amber light for towing on roads.
3. Rear tail and work lights.
4 .Mudguards.
5. Side light.
7.Posture designed seat.
8.Manual over-ride power steering.
9.Maximum visibility.
10.Hazard warning decals.
11.Hydraulic power for heavy lifting.
12.Three point hitch to prevent back-flipping.
13.Draw-bar located low to minimise back-flipping.
14.Protective PTO shaft cover.
15.PTO shield.
16.Controls conveniently located.
17. Skid-resistant platform and footrest.
18. Neutral start switch with safety interlock.
19. Shroud and shield for fan and alternator.
20. Weights for greater stability and traction.
21. Sun-shield to reduce risk of skin cancer.
22. Headlights.

Climbing on and off your tractor

A tractor must be stationary when being mounted or dismounted. Never dismount from a moving tractor.

Ascend and descend from the vehicle only from the left (clutch pedal) side, always using the access and egress provided, and facing towards the driving seat.

Do not use the right side, because:

  • You may accidentally release the brake.
  • The right side is crowded with controls -brake pedal, foot throttle, hydraulic controls.
  • You may catch your clothing in the controls.


  • Mount and dismount carefully, using the access and egress provided.
  • Use controlled movements. Place your feet carefully. Take a firm grip with your hands so that you will not fall or get your clothing entangled if you slip.

Remember always to mount and dismount on the left side, using access or egress provided.

Before starting your tractor

  • Adjust the seat so that all controls are in easy reach.

  • Seat belts must be worn when driving tractors fitted with ROPS.
  • Know where to find how to operate brakes, clutch and gears.
  • Know how to stop the tractor.
  • Familiarise yourself with other controls and instruments.
  • Check the tractor is in neutral and the handbrake is on.
  • Check power take-off is disengaged and properly guarded.
  • Keep children well clear.
  • Remember to wear hearing protection.

  • Be very careful when crank-starting tractors. Pull the crank- handle upwards don't push it downwards; don't curl your thumb around the handle. Follow these rules and your hand and arm will be flung clear if the engine backfires. If you ignore them, the spinning crank handle could break your arm.

  • Double check brake and gears are safe before attempting to crank start a tractor.
  • Make sure the crank handle is disengaged before starting the engine normally.
  • If jump-lead starting, make sure the tractor is out of gear and all brakes are on.

  • Make sure you know your way around the tractor.
  • Ensure that you have received instruction from a competent tractor operator.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.

WorkSafe Western Australia
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