26.3. Agricultural Tractors and Implement Attachments Checklist.

  • 26.3.1. Do design and operating characteristics of agricultural tractors in use by AF units meet
    OSHA Standards? Reference 26.2.1

  • 26.3.2. Do supervisory personnel take needed actions to ensure proper training of assigned
    operators? Reference

  • 26.3.3. Do supervisory personnel ensure operators are aware of area operating hazards due to terrain
    features and conditions? Reference

  • 26.3.4. Do supervisory personnel ensure operators are aware of hazardous or prohibited areas?

  • 26.3.5. Do supervisory personnel ensure operators have PPE such as head, eye and ear protectors,
    gloves, respirators, etc.? Reference

  • 26.3.6. Is the operator‘s manual accessible and are warning decals properly placed? Reference

  • 26.3.7. Is the operator both physically and mentally fit, not fatigued or stressed, or on any
    medication, alcohol or drugs that may hinder safe operation of the tractor and machinery? Reference

  • 26.3.8. Is the tractor only used for tasks it was designed for? Reference

  • 26.3.9. Does the operator walk around the tractor and inspect for faults:
    Check radiator coolant level when cold?
    Visually inspect all tires?
    Ensure tires are properly inflated?
    Ensure lights and flashers are operational?
    Verify safety signs are free from obstruction?
    Ensure first aid kit and fire extinguisher are in place, as required?
    Check oil and fluid levels?
    Braking devices and excessive play in steering wheel after start-up?
    References and 26.2.5.

  • 26.3.10. Does the operator wear the required PPE during all operations? Reference

  • 26.3.11. Are all guards secured in place and kept in place during machine use? Reference

  • 26.3.12. Are items not permanently installed, such as tools, radios, water coolers, etc., secured so
    they do not pose a hazard to operators or equipment should the tractor malfunction or overturn?

  • 26.3.13. Does the operator prohibit other riders from riding on the tractor? Reference

  • 26.3.14. Does operator clean the windshield and other transparent surfaces of ice, snow, dirt, grass
    and other obstructions from tractors equipped with cabs to ensure clear vision prior to use?

  • 26.3.15. Does the operator ensure cracked or severely scratched windshield or transparent surfaces
    for vision are reported and repaired or replaced? Reference

  • 26.3.16. Does the operator keep personnel clear of operating machinery or attachments? Reference

  • 26.3.17. Does the operator stop the engine, disconnect the power sources, and wait for all machine
    movement to stop before servicing, adjusting, or cleaning the equipment (except where the machine
    must be running to properly service or maintain the equipment)? Reference

  • 26.3.18. Do mowing machine operators refrain from attempting to mow on slopes that exceed 4
    inches (20-25°) of drop or rise per foot of travel? Reference

  • 26.3.19. When using a sickle bar attachment for mowing, does the operator always position the
    sickle bar on the up-slope side of the tractor? Reference

  • 26.3.20. Does the operator park the tractor on a level surface, lower the attachment so it rests on the
    surface, place the transmission in low or reverse after the engine has stopped (automatic
    transmission in ―park‖) and shut the engine off, before the operator dismounts the vehicle?

  • 26.3.21. For flex-winged mowers, does the operator ensure the appendages are folded in the ―up‖
    position and the locking pins are securely in place when parking? Reference

  • 26.3.22. Are all tractors with engines exceeding 20 horsepower fitted with ROPS? Reference 26.2.6

  • 26.3.23. Are all ROPS-equipped tractors fitted with seatbelts? Reference 26.2.6

  • 26.3.24. Have all tractors and attachments been subjected to a noise hazard survey and those whose
    noise level exceeds 85 dBA placarded with noise hazard warning? Reference 26.2.7

  • 26.3.25. Are approved ―Slow Moving Vehicle‖ emblems and flashing amber light units installed on
    agricultural tractors used at night in high traffic areas? Reference 26.2.8

  • 26.3.26. Are all power takeoff shafts shielded? Reference

  • 26.3.27. Are guards capable of withstanding 250 pounds of downward or inward force? Reference

  • 26.3.28. Are guards free of burrs and sharp edges or projections and securely fastened to the unit?

  • 26.3.29. Are all guards that were removed for servicing and maintenance reinstalled prior to placing
    units in use? Reference

  • 26.3.30. Are batteries, fuel tanks, oil reservoirs, and coolant systems constructed and located or
    sealed to assure that spillage will not occur in the event of an upset? Reference 26.2.10

  • 26.3.31. For flight line operations, does the operator ensure a ―Slow Moving Vehicle‖ placard is
    affixed to the rear of the tractor, have a radio and keep in contact with the tower at all times?
    Reference 26.2.11

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