16 rotations per second…

IMG_0177PTOs operate by turning at speeds of 9 or 16 rotations per second depending on the gear you are in. This speed makes the PTO shaft very dangerous especially when there is no guard or shields present. The spinning of an unshielded PTO may also attract children’s attention so it is important that they be kept at a safe distance.

Remember, youth often follow the work habits of adults, whether they are positive or negative. The next time you are on the farm with kids make sure you follow these simple rules so in turn, they will too!

  • Remove draw strings from sweatshirts and jackets
  • Start and stop the PTO from the tractor seat
  • Walk around NEVER over a PTO shaft

Check out our PTO safety fact sheet for more information on the topic and the PTO safety crossword puzzle for a little fun!

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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