Power Takeoff (PTO)

Man wearing a hat grabs an implement shaft connecting a red tractor to a separate attachment - caption reads: Guarding on power take-off and implement shafts can prevent a worker from being caught and pulled into the machineA power takeoff (PTO) is a driveshaft, usually on a tractor or truck that uses the vehicle's engine to power an attachment or separate machine such as an auger or mower. PTO's are designed to be easily connected and disconnected.

However, a PTO driveshaft is a rapidly spinning mechanism that can injure or even kill a worker who gets caught. For that reason, proper guarding of a PTO shaft is essential and required by law.

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