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The "safety" lever is designed with springs and an overcenter throw to hold the lever in the up or down position. This makes it difficult to place in in a partially release position. If the lever if maintain in a serviceable condition, it is more likely it will drop into the applied position (down). This will lock the transmission in neutral and the parking brakes will apply.
A properly maintained machine and a trained operator will never have trouble with the parking brake.
While the lever is long enough to be a barrier, it will not prevent the operator stepping around the lever. I have seen many "operators" leave machines without setting the safety lever to the down position.
The Safety section of the Operators manual includes this passage.
Park on a level surface. If you must park on a grade, use blocks to prevent the machine from rolling.
Apply the service brake in order to stop the machine. Move the transmission control lever to NEUTRAL position and the speed control to LOW IDLE position. Engage the parking brake.
Lower all implements to the ground.
Stop the engine.
Turn the engine start switch key to OFF position and remove the key.
Always turn the battery disconnect switch to the OFF position before leaving the machine.
If the machine will not be operated for a month or more, remove the battery disconnect switch key.
Turning the battery disconnect switch to the OFF position will provide the following benefits:
- Prevent battery discharge that is caused by a battery short circuit.
- Prevent battery discharge that is caused by some of the components.
- Prevent battery discharge that is caused by vandalism.
Trained operators also know to "ground" their implement before exiting a machine as well. All attachments should be placed on the ground to prevent implement movement that could injure others and would also prevent the machine moving.
If you need further help with this, please let me know.