c. When moving a front load, the load shall be kept low to the ground and the rear wheels as level as possible.

d.
Operators shall avoid holes and obstacles; both on the ground and overhead. Speed shall be reduced with heavy loads when vision is limited or when operating on rough terrain.
e.
When stuck, operators shall try carefully to back out. Increasing engine speed or fastening a post to the rear wheels greatly increases the chances of tipping over backward; therefore, these methods shall not be used. Operators shall get help if needed.
f.
Grass shall not be mowed with a tractor on slopes greater than a 4-inch rise or drop per foot of travel. Lower gears shall be used when going down hill and the wheels shall be allowed to control the tractor speed.
g.
The engine shall be shut off before the operator dismounts from the tractor or makes adjustments to either the tractor or towed equipment.
h.
Riders shall not be allowed on tractors, on the draw bar, or on towed equipment, except where the equipment is specifically designed to allow riders or passengers.
i.
Fenders are guards for the worker’s protection. Fenders shall be kept in place at all times.
j.
Tractors shall only be left on an incline after the engine has been turned off, gear shift has been placed in park position (or the lowest gear if standard transmission), and the wheels have been braked and blocked. Where possible, tractors shall be parked on level ground.
k.
The power take-off guard shall always be in place.
l.
Hearing protection and safety-toe shoes shall be worn by the operator, when required. The Safety and Health Manager should be consulted to determine the need for respiratory protection.

5. Flower Bed and Shrub Maintenance:

a. Workers shall wear clothing and gloves that will protect their hands and arms from thorns and leaves which may cut or puncture the skin. Dust masks may be required to prevent reactions to fine dust or pollen. Personnel shall not work on flower or shrub beds within 24 hours after application of herbicides.

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