Select Your Destination
 

< Feature Stories >

Response affects billions of dollars in resources

A Message from the Office of the Chairman of UPMC

COVID-19 PA County Testing

Hume Named Senior Vice President

COVID-19 PA County Testing

DCNR Moves to Open State Park Swimming Beaches & Pools

How it Works & When You Should Use It

Pastor Mike recounts the story of an ancient warrior king

Tioga County observes Memorial Day

Community cheers for Class of 2020 car parade in Wellsboro

Spacious, peaceful home atop the hills above Hills Creek

 
 
 

Emergency 101: Tractor Tipping

Tractors can roll easily - practice safe handling!

 

by Benton Best - March 6, 2019

Virtually every farm uses a tractor to perform at least some critical functions on a daily basis, but many lives have been lost due to simple miscalculations in judgement when operating this type of equipment. We’re here today to shed some light on those points.

One of the most dangerous maneuvers on a tractor is turning. The sharper a turn and the faster the speed, the stronger the force to tip a tractor over.

In fact, doubling a tractor’s speed from 3 mph to 6 mph during a turn increases the force to tip a tractor over by four times. Furthermore, tripling a tractor’s speed from 3 mph to 9 mph increases that same force by nine times.

Another issue to be aware of is called Rear-Axle Torque. The idea behind this is that the rear axle of the tractor should be rotating about the tractor chassis. Well, if the rear axle should be unable to rotate, whether it’s stuck in mud or weighed down by too heavy a tow load, the tractor chassis rotates about the axle and the result is disastrous.

The front end of the tractor lifts off the ground and continues rearward until it crashes upside down into the ground or some other obstacle, thereby crushing the operator. This can leave the operator with less than three-quarters of a second to react.

Slopes are also especially dangerous for tractor operations. Experts suggest backing up an incline and driving forward down declines in elevation in order to lower the risk of flipping over.

It’s always critical for tractor operators to wear a seatbelt, and for tractors to have rollover protective structures in place to prevent the tractor operator from being crushed.

Avoid backing downhill. Instead, drive straight down even the gentlest slope. Do not drive diagonally across it.

To avoid too much rear-axle torque, engage the clutch pedal slowly and smoothly. Be ready to disengage power quickly if the front end begins to come up.

Make sure to hitch only at the manufacturer’s recommended height and do not hitch a load higher than the tractor draw-bar.

Finally, drive around ditches, not across them.

Sources:
https://extension.psu.edu/tractor-stability-and-instability
https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/tractors/rollover.html

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Benton Best

Videography: Andrew Moore, Ethan Chabala

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Benton Best

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by UPMC Susquehanna, Pleasant Valley Veterinary Care

< Current Stories >

 

See More Current Stories

 

Response affects billions of dollars in resources

June 3, 2020

 

Many across our nation are grieving, and so are we

June 2, 2020

 

72,894 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases for Pennsylvania

June 2, 2020

 

Revisiting Behind the Sparkle: The Gem That Changes Color

June 2, 2020

 

C&N Names Chrissi Hume as Senior Vice President, Director of Treasury Management

June 1, 2020

 

Wellsboro holds virtual athletic awards ceremony

June 1, 2020

 

70,735 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases for Pennsylvani

May 29, 2020

 

Be kind to your mind!

May 29, 2020

 

Effective Saturday, June 6, all 58 state park beaches will be open to swimming

May 28, 2020

 

How it Works & When You Should Use It

May 28, 2020

 

Pastor Mike recounts the story of an ancient warrior king

May 27, 2020

 

Tioga County observes Memorial Day

May 26, 2020

 

Community cheers for Class of 2020 car parade in Wellsboro

May 25, 2020

 

Spacious, peaceful home atop the hills above Hills Creek

May 23, 2020

 

Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force Update

May 22, 2020

 

County Commissioners petition Governor Wolf to open up

May 21, 2020

 

Encourage local students through this special program!

May 21, 2020

 

Welcoming Chiropractor Dr. Sarah Taylor to the Laurel Health Family

May 20, 2020

 

JGM Coach & Benedicts Bus Service rally for awareness

May 18, 2020

 

Local business preview following yellow phase launch

May 15, 2020

 

Census money allocations, resources & signs explained

May 14, 2020

 

Approved Over $98 Million for Local Businesses

May 12, 2020

 

Berndtson selected as one of the first PA teachers to serve

May 12, 2020

 

Jessica Monger receives Akiko's floral arrangement & $100!

May 11, 2020

 

Discussion of Regional Effects of COVID-19

May 8, 2020

 

Rolling For Awareness: Saving Our Buses

May 7, 2020

 

Tioga County COVID-19 Task Force Update

May 6, 2020

 

Win $100.00 cash and Mom’s Day flowers from Akiko’s

May 5, 2020

 

UPMC is taking extraordinary precautions to maintain safety

May 4, 2020

 

Representative Clint Owlett on Governor Wolf's Statement

May 1, 2020

 
 

Load More Stories