A farmer decided to tow a large broken-down farm tractor with a smaller tractor. The broken-down tractor
had a large loader bucket. The farmer attached a tow chain to the large tractor's front axle and then wrapped
the chain under the bucket to support it off the ground. Since the small tractor did not have a tow hitch or
drawbar, he attached the other end of the chain to the top of its three-point hitch.
The farmer managed to pull the large tractor for about 30 metres (100 feet) before its bucket dropped
and dug into the gravel road. As a result, the small tractor flipped over. The tractor did not have rollover
protection. The trapped farmer died from his crushing injuries.
Safe work practices:
- Use only towing vehicles properly equipped with a tow
hitch or drawbar and securing points to pull loads. Check
the manufacturer's instructions for the proper point of
pull for towing.
- Ensure that the fibre tow strap, rope, or chain that is used is strong enough and suitable for the particular
towing job. Attach the strap, rope, or chain securely to the appropriate hooks or clevis pins.
- Ensure that the weight of the load being pulled does
not exceed the manufacturer's limit for the towing vehicle.
- Ask your dealer
about fitting your
older tractor with a
- Always wear a seat belt with a ROPS-equipped tractor.
- Avoid operating
towing vehicles on
steep slopes and