Read, understand, and follow instructions in the manufacturer's operating manual and safety decals on the loader.
Know how to load, tie-down, transport, and unload the loader safely.
Use only manufacturer-approved attachments and buckets.
Always ensure the attachment locking devices are in place, even if you are switching attachments for only a few minutes. If not locked, an attachment could break free and roll down the loader arms or fall onto a bystander.
Wear hearing and head protection.
Remain alert at all times when operating the loader.
Ensure all required safety shields are on the tractor and in good condition.
Use the safety treads and grab handles to get on and off the loader.
Use seat bar and fasten seat belt if the tractor has a roll-over protective structure (ROPS). (Do NOT wear a seatbelt if the tractor does NOT have a ROPS.)
Keep your feet on the pedals when operating the loader.
Keep other people away from work area.
Drive with caution and check behind you before backing up.
Travel with the bucket or attachments as close to the ground as possible to maintain equipment stability and give the operator an unobstructed view.
Load the bucket evenly (i.e. weight should not be lop-sided) and do not load beyond the limits or rated capacity of the equipment. You can lose stability and steering control.
Load, unload, and turn on level ground.
Lower the bucket when not using the loader.
Go straight up and down slopes, keeping the heavy end of the loader pointing uphill - back down slopes slowly. Avoid driving forward when going downhill with a loaded bucket.
Look out for holes, rocks or obstructions which may cause a roll-over or loss of control.
If you become confused about operation of controls from having to perform too many functions at once, remove hands and feet from the controls. All machine functions should stop when pressure on the controls is released.
Turn off the engine before attempting any repairs or adjustments.
Lower the bucket and set the parking brakes before getting off the seat.
If the equipment is going to be left unattended for some time, remove the ignition key.
When checking for leaks in the hydraulic system, use a piece of paper or cardboard - never use your hands since oil from a pin-hole leak under high pressure can penetrate the skin. If this does happen, get immediate medical attention.