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Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) safety

Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), also known as side by sides, are commonly used in agricultural settings, including the UW Agricultural Research Stations, for a variety of tasks. While UTVs have similar controls and features to highway vehicles, UTVs differ in how they operate and have many unique hazards. UTV hazards include:

  • Rollovers on dangerous terrain, steep slopes, and sharp turns
  • Collisions with other vehicles
  • Collisions with pedestrians
  • Loads falling off of the UTV
  • Shifting loads that affect the UTV’s center of gravity
  • Falling when entering or exiting
  • Eye injuries from flying debris and particles

To ensure UTV operators are aware of these hazards and the controls necessary to safely operate a UTV, an online UTV operator training was created for employees to complete prior to operating a UTV. Operator training must consist of both classroom (online training) and hands-on training. Departments utilizing UTVs should provide hands-on training covering the specific types of UTVs operated and site-specific hazards.

 To access the online portion of the UTV training, click on the link below.

CALS Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Training