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Farm Tractor Safety Course - Cumberland County

2014 Farm Tractor Safety Course

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Tuesdays, beginning April 29, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Maine Forest Service, Gray, ME

Cost/student: $20.00 (scholarships available)

Register online. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Farm work can be dangerous, but a University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor safety course will help reduce risks to Maine farmers and farm workers. A farm tractor safety course will be held on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings starting April 29, 2014 at the Maine Forest Service Building on Route 26 (356 Shaker Road) in Gray.

“Many of the accidents on farms involve tractors and farm machinery,” says Richard Brzozowski of the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office. “Every farm worker needs to develop good skills and a good safety attitude. This course helps them do just that.”

Individuals will receive practical training in the classroom, in the shop, and on tractors. Participants should be at least 13 years of age to participate in this certified course. Adults are welcome to participate in the practical course.

The course is co-sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Hall Implement, Windham; Wescott & Sons, Gorham; Chad Little Outdoor Power, Brunswick; Beauregard Equipment Inc., Scarborough; Tractor Supply Company, Scarborough; Hammond Tractor Co., Auburn; and the Maine Farm Bureau (Cumberland County Chapter).

Location for Most Sessions: Maine Forest Service, Route 26 (Shaker Road) in Gray, ME
: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings
: Richard J. Brzozowski (Bro-zow-ski), Extension Educator
$20.00 (scholarships available)

Course Schedule

Session #1

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Maine Forest Service, Route 26, in Gray, ME

  • Registration and introduction to the course
  • Requirements of the course
  • All assignments must be completed and submitted
  • Successfully pass the final written exam
  • Successfully complete the tractor hook up and driving exams

Read the following task sheets before Session 1:

1.1  The Work Environment
1.2  Safety & Health Regulations
1.2.1 Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture
2.1  Injuries Involving Youth
2.4 Age-Appropriate Tasks
2.7 Personal Dress
2.8 Hazard Warning Signs
2.9 Hand Signals
2.10 Personal Protective Equipment
2.11 First Aid and Rescue
4.1  Agricultural Tractors
4.2 Tractor Hazards
4.3 NAGCAT Tractor Operation Chart
5.1  Connecting Implements to the Tractor

Session #2

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Hall Implement in Windham (Foster’s Corner near the rotary of Routes 302 / 202)

  • safety check of farm equipment exercise
  • tractor controls and parts identification exercise

Read the following task sheets before Session 2:

4.4 Tractor Instrument Panel
4.5 Tractor Controls
4.5.1 Engine Stop Controls
4.5.2 Ground Motion Controls
4.5.3 Power Engagement Controls
4.5.4 Position and Adjusting Controls
4.5.5 Location and Movement of Tractor Controls
4.5.6  Tractor Operation Symbols
4.6 Preventative Maintenance and Pre-operational Check
4.6.1 Fuel, Oil and Coolant Levels

Session #3

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Maine Forest Service Building, Gray, ME

Read the following task sheets before Session 3:

3.1 Mechanic Hazards
3.4  Working with Livestock
3.5  Agricultural Pesticides
3.6  Electrical Hazards
3.8  Confined Spaces
3.9   Silos
3.10  Grain Bins
3.11  Manure Storage
3.12  Anhydrous Ammonia
3.13  Farmstead Chemicals
4.7  Starting and Stopping Diesel and Gasoline Tractors
4.8  Mounting and Starting the Tractor
4.9  Stopping and Dismounting the Tractor
4.10  Moving and Steering the Tractor
4.11  Operating the Tractor in Reverse

Session #4

6:30 – 8:30 PM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Maine Forest Service Building, Gray, ME

  • Practice driving
  • Safety Video
  • Review for final exam

Read the following task sheets before Session 4:

4.12 Tractor Stability
4.13 Using the Tractor Safely
4.14 Operating the Tractor on Public Roads
4.14.1 Lighting and Marking
5.1 Connecting Implements to the Tractor
5.2 Using Drawbar Implements
5.3 Using Three-Point Hitch Implements
5.4 Making Power Take Off (PTO) Connections
5.4.1  Using Power Take Off (PTO) Implements
5.5 Using Implements with Hydraulic Components
5.6 Using Implements with Electrical Components

Session #5

5:30 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Driving Test and Written Final Exam
Tentatively scheduled
for Windham Public Works, 185 Windham Center Road, Windham, ME

For more information call 1.800.287.1471  or e-mail

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