Feb 22, 2019
Tractor skills and safety training video released

Washington State Tree Fruit Association is pleased to announce the release of a tractor safety training video for orchard workers in partnership with G.S. Long Co.

Tractors are incredibly powerful machines and are an essential tool for many agricultural tasks. They are also one of the most dangerous machines on the farm. Every year, tractor operators are injured or killed on the job when not operating safely. Between 1998 and 2018, 44 tractor operators have been killed in Washington state. Not one of them expected to die while working that day.

This 30-minute video was produced in English and Spanish and is based on a training curriculum approved by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

The video covers tractor operation basics, rollover protective structures, the hydraulic system, the power take-off system, hitching and towing, troubleshooting when something goes wrong, and safety under risky situations. Click here to watch the trailer of this video in English, and click here to watch the trailer in Spanish.

Printable training materials, including the Tractor Skills and Safety Training Curriculum and Tractor Safety Quick Tips (English and Spanish), will be provided along with this video. People interested in this training tool can purchase a USB drive with all the materials for $50. Click here to order your video.

This video is not intended to be a complete safety training program.  The control and operation of each tractor is unique, and operators must receive specific training on the equipment they will use and the hazards they may encounter in their workplace.

Washington State Tree Fruit Association and G.S. Long Co. acknowledge the collaboration of Burrows Tractor, Jonelle Mejica, and Long Ranch in the production of this video.


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