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No texting while driving … a tractor

Posted By Marcia Gruver Doyle On June 11, 2012 @ 7:00 am In Construction Blog,Uncategorized | No Comments

[1]While teenagers have been the focus of texting-while-driving bans, Kubota Tractor reminds us it’s also not a good idea for those driving tractors [2] and other heavy equipment. In fact, the company labels them “tractor distractors.” ¬†Instead, says Kubota: pay close attention to the task at hand, avoid all distractions, and take note of all safety practices.

While the focus these days is on texting, using smart phones — glancing down at an email, searching for the right app, even just plain ol’ talking — takes our minds off driving a 4,000-pound vehicle between two straight lines. And now legal issues are cropping up for companies — you may be liable [3] if your employee is conducting your business on his or her phone and has an accident.

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[2] not a good idea for those driving tractors: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kubota-encourages-customers-to-hang-up-their-cell-phones-and-other-tractor-distractors-to-stay-safe-2012-06-05

[3] you may be liable: http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/tips/archives/2009/09/to_avoid_liabil.html

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