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Hand Signals

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Communication through Hand Signals
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When working around large equipment or machinery, verbal communication between employees often is not possible. Workers must rely on hand signals to communicate. To enhance communication and promote farm safety, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has developed 11 hand signals.

GET A HAND SIGNALS WINDOW STICKER

A diagram showing various hand signals for guiding drivers of farm equipment. The black and white image shows a graphic of a person demonstrating 11 different hand signals.

The Hand Signals window/interior cab sticker can be placed in tractor cabs, combine cabs, and even self-propelled sprayers or trucks. The sticker contains the 11 hand signals, intended to help equipment operators communicate in a “language” that both parties will understand. For more information on stickers for your farm equipment, contact your county NDSU Extension office.

HAND SIGNALS VIDEO

NDSU Extension – Oliver County Extension Agent Rick Schmidt demonstrates how to properly use hand signals and what to be aware of when guiding drivers of tractors, trucks or other equipment.

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