Farm tractors are equipped with a power take-off (PTO) system to deliver power to stationary or trailing farm implements, such as augers, harvesters and rotary mowers. A PTO drive system draws power from the tractor’s engine through a PTO shaft, which rotates at a speed of up to 1,000 rpm when operating at full recommended speed.
Over the years, a defectively designed and manufactured PTO system has been associated with a number of serious injuries and fatalities across the country. For instance, an unguarded PTO shaft may grab and entangle loose clothing or hair, possibly leading to injuries and deaths. Other improperly shielded rotating components of the drive shaft, such as U-joints and power drivelines, may also become entangled and are thus considered points of hazards.
Accidents involving a defectively-designed and manufactured PTO system have already resulted in lost limbs, and unfortunately lost lives. If you believe a defective farm device has caused you great harm in Wisconsin, seek the legal advice and representation of our team of personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.