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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 26.2.2.1

26.3.3. Do supervisory personnel ensure operators are aware of area operating hazards due to terrain
features and conditions? Reference 26.2.2.2

26.3.4. Do supervisory personnel ensure operators are aware of hazardous or prohibited areas?
Reference 26.2.2.3

26.3.5. Do supervisory personnel ensure operators have PPE such as head, eye and ear protectors,
gloves, respirators, etc.? Reference 26.2.2.4

26.3.6. Is the operator‘s manual accessible and are warning decals properly placed? Reference
26.2.2.6

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
26.2.2.7

26.3.8. Is the tractor only used for tasks it was designed for? Reference 26.2.2.8

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 26.2.3.2. and 26.2.5.

26.3.10. Does the operator wear the required PPE during all operations? Reference 26.2.3.3

26.3.11. Are all guards secured in place and kept in place during machine use? Reference 26.2.3.4

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?
Reference 26.2.3.5

26.3.13. Does the operator prohibit other riders from riding on the tractor? Reference 26.2.3.6

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?
Reference 26.2.3.7

26.3.15. Does the operator ensure cracked or severely scratched windshield or transparent surfaces
for vision are reported and repaired or replaced? Reference 26.2.3.7

26.3.16. Does the operator keep personnel clear of operating machinery or attachments? Reference
26.2.3.8

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 26.2.3.9

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 26.2.3.10

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 26.2.3.10

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?
Reference 26.2.3.11

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 26.2.3.11

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 26.2.9.1

26.3.27. Are guards capable of withstanding 250 pounds of downward or inward force? Reference
26.2.9.2

26.3.28. Are guards free of burrs and sharp edges or projections and securely fastened to the unit?
Reference 26.2.9.3

26.3.29. Are all guards that were removed for servicing and maintenance reinstalled prior to placing
units in use? Reference 26.2.9.4

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

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.