A Guide to Teaching Safe Tractor Operation


Tractor Safety Driving Course
Tractor Safety Driving Course

(Source: Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural Safety and Health Program)

The Agricultural Safety and Health Program of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University has developed a manual called Organizing and Conducting a Safe Tractor Operation Workshop to assist agricultural producers, employers, and other experienced operators in organizing and conducting hands-on workshops that address safety practices for tractor operators. Hands-on tractor operation training is valuable because many new owners, operators, and workers are entering occupations such as production agriculture, agricultural services, forestry, landscaping, and golf-course maintenance that rely on agricultural tractors to complete tasks.

Fewer people grow up learning how to operate tractors and equipment, so the manual is useful for training individuals with varying levels of tractor-driving experience and ability. In addition to training people involved in production agriculture, the manual can also be used to train volunteers who mow places such as schools, churches, cemeteries, community parks, and grounds at civic centers.  The manual is a comprehensive guide that provides information about the following topics:

  • Choosing instructors, tractors, equipment, and driving courses
  • Driving and operating tractors and equipment safely
  • Conducting training workshops

The manual also includes performance evaluation forms.

For a copy, please email Linda Fetzer at lmf8@psu.edu.

Reviewed and Summarized by:

Glen Blahey, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (has since retired)

Linda M. Fetzer, Pennsylvania State University  lmf8@psu.edu
Dennis J. Murphy, Pennsylvania State University (has since retired)
Michael Pate, Utah State University  michael.pate@usu.edu