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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Faulty PTO shafts can lead to horrific farm accidents: Read our step by step PTO safety cover guide

Faulty PTO (Power Take Off) shafts can lead to horrific farm accidents but low cost protective measures are easy to implement, writes our expert in this step by step PTO safety cover guide

Every new PTO shaft is supplied with a plastic safety guard cover, which should remain stationary while the PTO shaft inside rotates. Replacing a PTO shaft cover can be done for as little as €50. Remember, if the PTO shaft cover is also allowed to rotate (which can happen if the guard chains get broken or the guard isn't correctly fitted), the level of danger is the same as having a bare shaft exposed
Every new PTO shaft is supplied with a plastic safety guard cover, which should remain stationary while the PTO shaft inside rotates. Replacing a PTO shaft cover can be done for as little as €50. Remember, if the PTO shaft cover is also allowed to rotate (which can happen if the guard chains get broken or the guard isn't correctly fitted), the level of danger is the same as having a bare shaft exposed

Jamie Casey

We are less than one third of the way through 2017 but already six people have been killed in farm accidents.

Since the start of last year, a shocking 27 people have been killed on farms. April, May and June are statistically some of the most dangerous months on the farm.

Things are heating up ahead of the silage season and the pressure to get through jobs can backfire with disastrous consequences.

PTO shaft entanglements cause bone-breaking, flesh-tearing injuries (and fatalities) every other month in Ireland.

The sad thing about this fact is that a PTO shaft cover can be replaced for as little as €45 depending on size and make. Fitting a new PTO shaft cover is an easy task, as we outline in this special farm safety article.

By law every new PTO shaft is supplied with a plastic safety cover, which remains stationary while the PTO shaft rotates within.

However, these safety guards often get damaged and become a hazard in themselves. A rotating safety shaft cover is just as dangerous as a bare shaft.

If you do one thing today, check the condition of your PTO shaft covers and replace them as necessary.

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The cost of replacement is paltry compared to the cost of doing nothing.


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