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What are some safety tips for using post drivers?
- Ensure that all shields and guards are in place.
- Steady the post with a safety fork or guide to prevent injury if the post breaks or slips.
- Lower the hammer and shut off the engine when making adjustments or lubricating.
- Lower and lock hammer in place to prevent accidental movement.
- Do not place any part of your body between the hammer and the top of the post.
What are tips for using augers?
- Keep hair, clothing, hands and feet away from augers.
- Keep the area free of objects that may cause slips or falls.
- Shut off the engine and disengage the power before attempting to unclog the auger.
- Make sure all guards are in place, properly secured and functional.
- Watch for overhead powerlines when moving or towing augers.
- Do not use hands or feet to push material away from the auger.
What are tips for using mowers and blades?
- Ensure that all guards are in place.
- Ensure that the engine is shut off and all power disengaged before making repairs.
- Know how the blades operate and where they are located. Keep hands away from blades.
- Do not mow grass on slopes with an incline steeper than three to one.
- Do not cut with mower or blades on downhill side. Cut on the upside of a slope to maintain tractor stability.
- Do not remove materials when blade is running.
Document confirmed current on August 2, 2012
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