768 & 772 TRACTORS Safety Caterpillar

1.1. General
2.1. Preparing to Operate
3.1. Checking Controls
4.1. Mounting and Dismounting
5.1. Operating
6.1. Shipping

Read warning and caution information provided on the tractor.

Move all tractor controls to HOLD or NEUTRAL before starting engine.


Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry that could catch on controls.

Don't rush - be careful.

Know the hand signals and who gives them.

Start engine only in well ventilated area.

Be particularly careful on machines you do not usually operate.

Always use the seat belt.

Preparing to Operate

Make certain all safety guards and covers are secured in place. Inspect hitch area.

Clear personnel from machine and area.

Be sure suspension cylinders are not collapsed.

Report needed repairs.

Be sure machine is equipped with clearance lights and turn signals, if required by law.

Clear obstacles from path of machine - note hazards such as wires and ditches.

Checking Controls

Test right and left steering while moving slowly.

Test brakes.

Check all controls for proper operation.

Test engine accelerator.

Mounting and Dismounting

Do not jump off machine. Use steps and grab irons.

Shut off engine before leaving machine.

Listen for unusual noises.

Check function of safety devices such as lights, back-up alarms, etc.

Turn disconnect switch off and remove key before leaving machine.

Set parking brake before leaving machine.


Look behind machine before backing.

Observe all gauges frequently - investigate improper readings.

Stay clear of overhangs, electric wires, slide areas or other danger areas.

Use extra caution in crossing side hills, ridges, ditches and other obstructions.

Use extreme care to avoid tipping when working on hills, banks or slopes.

Stay safe distance from edge of cliff or overhang.

Know traffic pattern of the job and obey flagmen, road signs and signals.

No unauthorized riders.

Match speed with job conditions - do not coast.

Know your stopping distance at any given speed. Regulate travel speed accordingly.

Keep machine under control - do not try to work machine over capacity.

Make sure clearance flags and other required warnings are on machine when roading.

Pull to side of road to allow vehicles to pass, if traffic lines up behind the machine.

Stop machine frequently at night - walk around and inspect machine - stay alert.

Report needed repairs noted during operation.


Use extreme care to avoid slipping if loading dock or ramp has ice, snow, grease or oil on it.

Remove ice, snow or other slippery material from truck bed, before loading, to avoid load slipping in transit.

Block and tie tractor securely.

Observe all safety regulations.

Check with authorities for weight limits and overhead clearance of proposed route.