Tractor driving is a rewarding and demanding job that requires skill, focus, and attention to safety.
Tractor driving jobs can be made easier and safer with the right equipment and accessories. In this blog post, we’ll explain some great accessories that are must-haves for anyone working with tractors. We’ll also cover some safety tips, and how these accessories can be utilised to make the workplace safer for everyone.
In today’s fast-paced world, many jobs are reliant on staying connected, even while working on a tractor. If your job requires communication with other team members while operating a tractor, ensure that you use the proper communication accessories.
Much like driving a car on the road, handling a phone while operating a tractor is extremely dangerous. And just like a car, earpieces or phone mounts can be used so that you can effectively communicate while keeping your hands free and your attention focused on the path ahead.
The Right Footwear
When operating a tractor, always ensure that you are wearing appropriate footwear. Always wear closed-toe boots, preferably without laces. If your boots do have laces, ensure they are well-tied and will not come undone while you are working. Routinely check your shoes to make sure they have not been damaged and are fully functional. Proper footwear is essential when operating a tractor, and wearing the wrong type of shoes can lead to mistakes and accidents.
If you work around multiple vehicles in a busy environment, it may be a good idea to choose steel-cap boots, which can protect your foot from heavy work equipment and vehicles.
Gloves are an essential accessory for tractor drivers, especially in the Australian winter when it can get very cold. Gloves keep your hands warm, helping you become more comfortable and perform your job to a better standard. Just ensure the gloves you choose are designed for operating machinery, and don’t hinder your hand movement in any way.
Gloves can be worn year-round, offering protection against blisters and other hand injuries and allowing you to better grip your steering wheel.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen
If you’re working in bright, sunny conditions then sunglasses are a must-have. These will allow you to have proper visibility at all times, even when facing towards the sun. Sunglasses don’t just enhance visibility but also safeguard your eyes from potential damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to exposed skin, as prolonged sun exposure can lead to sunburn and other health issues.
If you find yourself working in an environment where other tractors are present, especially in dark or foggy conditions, it is crucial to enhance your visibility. Wearing a high-visibility vest is an effective way to make yourself easily seen by others, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring your safety.
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Tractor driving is a great career for anyone who enjoys the fresh outdoors! Want to find out more? Get in touch with the PickGV team today.
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