First, make sure the shaft is shielded.
This includes the driveline shield that covers the implement driveline, and the
master shield which covers the universal joint and PTO stub shaft on the
Maintain the shield so it can work for
you. PTO driveline shields are usually mounted on bearings, so they need to be
maintained. Always REPLACE the shield when it is damaged or missing.
Next, keep a safe distance from it when
in use. Keep others away, too. How far? A distance of twice your height is a
Allow only those who absolutely must be
in the area to be there. Keep all children away!
Always pay attention to what is
happening. Most PTO victims were caught by surprise.
If something goes wrong -- stop the
machinery; take the PTO out of gear, stop the engine and set the brake. Put the
keys in your pocket before working on the machinery.
When stopping the machinery for any
reason -- end of work, lunch, repairs, or communication -- take the PTO out of
gear, stop the engine and set the brake.