A Cloyne, Co. Cork farmer has taken to social media to highlight the dangers of farm machinery.
On Friday, June, 8th, 2018, Pat O’ Connor had a near miss with he failed to follow standard advice issued to machinery operators when dealing with Power Take-Off (PTO).
In a post on his Facebook page, Pat O’Connor said:
“Machinery operators are always advised to turn off the engine of the machine they are working if they are using the Power Take-Off.”
“I never did to be honest - wasting time turning on and off the engine...I thought.” He continued.
Pat then outlined that last Friday, he hooked the slurry vacuum tanker to the tractor; connected the PTO as normal and filled the tank.
“While going to empty travelling along the road, the PTO came on of its own accord, The spring in the switch had worn out, leading to the power drive operating.”
“I hate to think what would have happened if I had been caught up. It’s something to watch out for.” Pat added.
“Thanks to Mike Garahy for posting down the new switch and to Kayck for fitting it.” The post concluded.
All parties operating machinery are reminded of the following safety guidelines:
- Familiarise yourself with the operation manual. Be knowledgeable on the content that is contained within.
- Perform machinery checks before you begin operating.
- Have a PTO shaft guard.
- Ensure the PTO can be turned on and off correctly.
- Grease the PTO on a regular basis.
- Turn off the PTO before attempting to intervene with the tractor or any of its accessories, for something common such as the alleviation of a blockage.
- Don’t operate the machine unless it is safe to do so.
- Never wear loose clothing. Overalls and steel toe-cap safety boots have been advised as the best selections when working with machinery.
- A stand should be utilised to support the PTO and guard when it is not in operation.
- As always, allow adequate time to complete a task. Do not rush.
- Seek the expertise of others, if you have the inability to carry out the job yourself.