PTOs 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