The power take-off is extremely dangerous. The PTO spins quickly enough to trap a person and can easily catch loose clothing or long hair.
When attaching or detaching PTO-driven equipment:
- As mentioned above, before using any attachments or implements, always read, understand and follow the manufacturer's safety manual.
- Only use equipment that is in good repair. Make sure that all guards or shields are in place and operational.
- Guards around the power take-off shafts, gear box and other rotating/spinning equipment are very important.
- Lower hydraulics.
- Shut off the tractor engine.
- Apply tractor parking brake.
- Hitch tractor to implement.
- Ensure that universal joints are in the correct phase when connecting the shaft.
- Do not wear loose clothing. Tie back long hair. Do not wear shoe laces dangling.
- Stand away from moving or rotating equipment. Where possible, operate from the tractor seat, and have bystanders be at least 6 metres (20 feet) away.
- Do not remove shields from the PTO shaft.
- Make sure that the PTO spinner/integral shields rotate freely.
- Use the correct size drive for the machine being powered.
- Match the correct PTO speed for the machine being used.
- Do not step over a rotating shaft. Even PTO shafts with guards are dangerous. Walk around the equipment.
- Know how to stop the tractor, engine and attachment quickly in case of emergency.
- Follow shutdown procedures and wait for all moving parts to stop before getting off the tractor or approaching the attachment.
- Disconnect PTO when not in use.