Adding or modifying tractor steps can result in safer access to equipment

Additional steps on equipment can make the difference in a farmer being able to access equipment safely and continuing to work in production agriculture.

Accessing farm equipment can be a challenge on any day, but if a farmer or farm worker has a disability or chronic illness that affects strength, it can be almost impossible. Uncomfortable seats, and hard foot pedals, and especially small steps are all things that can make farming with a disability difficult. One of the easiest modifications is to put additional steps on equipment.

There are many different kinds of step modifications. Most tractor manufacturers have sets of lowered steps that are available for purchase. These kits come with an optional handrail, consist of a set of two or three steps that when installed, replace the original, small step. In some cases the steps are spring loaded or flip-up to ensure crops aren’t damaged. Custom steps, and even platforms, can be designed and manufactured in special instances, or for equipment that does not have a pre-made version.

This simple modification can make the difference in a farmer being able to access equipment safely, and continuing to work in production agriculture.

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