Farming and accidents Approximately 30,000 accidents/year involving farm machinery Most machinery has a maximum speed of 20 MPH Loud engines prevent drivers from hearing approaching traffic
Even at 400 feet (a sizable distance), the driver of a car traveling at 55 MPH has less than 10 seconds to react and avoid an accident with a SMV traveling at 20 MPH.
Why use a slow moving vehicle emblem? It’s the law! Warns other traffic that you are a SMV Cautions other drivers to slow down
It’s the law! All vehicles traveling less tan 25 MPH on a public road must display the SMV emblem on the back of their vehicle. Tractors Horse-drawn carriages Mowers Construction equipment
SMV Emblem Law Equilateral triangle 14 inches high Fluorescent orange Red reflective border Clearly displayed rear and center Placed point up Lower edge at least 2 ft and not more than 6 ft above ground
Emblem maintenance Sunlight causes fading Inspect monthly Effectiveness Cleanliness Keep extras on hand Check for secure mounting
Buying your emblem Look for ASAE compliance Reputable dealer $8 - $10 per emblem
What is lockout/tagout? Step by step procedure Defines protocol for appropriate shut down of equipment and machinery Prevents injury from unexpected energy release
What are some sources of energy? Electricity Thermal Chemical Hydraulic Pneumatic Mechanical Gravity
Lockout The placement of a lock or a block on an energy-isolating device to prevent the operation of the machine or equipment being serviced preventing the operation of the equipment until maintenance is complete.
Tagout Attachment of a warning tag to a switch, valve or other energy isolating device indicating that the equipment is being serviced and is inoperable until the tagout device is removed.
Why develop lockout/tagout protocol? Prevents injuries Serves as a warning Sets a standard Identifies mechanic Assures equipment is secure
Lockout/Tagout procedure Notification that procedure is scheduled Shut down machinery Locate the isolating device Check condition of locks and tags Affix lock and tag Attempt to restart Ready for servicing
When maintenance is complete: Reapply safety guards Notify about energy restoration Remove locks and tags Restore energy
Why is lockout preferred? Locks Provide physical restraint Can’t be removed Can’t be ignored Tags Can be bypassed May not be legible Can fall off
Purchase locks and tags that: Identify who applied device Identify who is servicing equipment Withstand environmental factors Withstand chemical exposure Secure fasteners Legible
Standardized locks and tags Same color Same shape Same size