Low-stress cattle handing promotes safer work, healthier and more relaxed cattle and greater productivity.  |  File photo

Reminders for safer cattle handling

As we head into a busy time of year for cattle producers and handlers, it’s good to stop and think about the increased risks. Fall is a dangerous time because there is a lot more movement as ranchers bring in cows and calves that haven’t been touched in months and feedlots operate on long hours. […] Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic has given farmers additional safety requirements to think about this harvest.  | Mike Sturk photo

Farm safety moves beyond the usual

Stress is a major contributor to farm accidents, so we at AgSafe Alberta are worried. Not only has this been an unusually stressful year for farmers, we are also heading into one of the busiest and intense periods for grain farms — harvest. In 2019, there were 20,405 injuries on farms in Alberta alone. Considering […] Read more

Firefighters perform a mock grain entrapment rescue as part of CASA's BeGrainSafe training and awareness program.  |  CASA photo

CASA, Corteva take steps to make farm families safer

Harvest season is just around the corner and a new grain crop will soon be going into storage. Harvest is always exciting, but it’s also a time when the risk of farm injuries is heightened. The risk of grain entrapment should never be underestimated, said Rob Gobeil, an agricultural health and safety specialist at the […] Read more


The University of Manitoba, Red River College and Keystone Agriculture Producers worked together to develop the mini-tractor.  | Submitted photo

New tool targets tractor rollovers

From 1990 to 2008, 330 Canadian farmers and farm workers died in tractor rollovers. That represents about 25 percent of all farm-related deaths, says Agrivita Canada — a health and safety research group at the University of Saskatchewan. Tractor rollovers are still a significant hazard on Canadian farms and part of the problem is a […] Read more

Safety may be the last thing on most farmers’ minds right now, but it needs to be one of the first, says the writer.  |  Jeannette Greaves photo

On-farm safety should be top of mind

As farmers, we are always at risk of on-farm accidents. But one factor puts us even more at risk: stress. Even though farmers are generally safety aware when it comes to our own farming operations, we are especially vulnerable. In a survey released by the Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan in early April, farmers reported an […] Read more


The survey, conducted from Feb. 10-21, found that roughly seven in 10 producers (72 percent) have had an incident resulting in an injury, or they experienced a close call at some point in their lifetime. 
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Farmers fail to act on safety

Farmers don’t necessarily change their behaviour when they experience close calls or are injured while working, according to a new survey from Farm Credit Canada. The survey, conducted from Feb. 10-21, found that roughly seven in 10 producers (72 percent) have had an incident resulting in an injury, or they experienced a close call at […] Read more

SaskPower said a farmer left an air seeder after hitting a power pole near Danielson Provincial Park, which could have had deadly consequences. Spokesperson Scott McGregor said farmers should always stay in their vehicles when this happens. | Twitter/@SaskPower photo

Many power line, pole contacts reported in Sask.

SaskPower has already reported nearly 40 incidents this spring of farm equipment contacting power lines or poles. This week, about 9,300 customers were left without power in the Lanigan and Dafoe areas after an auger contacted a 72,000-volt distribution line. No one was hurt but a small grass fire started as a result. The corporation […] Read more

Stamp Seeds in Enchant, Alta., holds regular safety meetings to assess hazards.  |  Stamp Seeds photo

Alta. family advocates for farm safety

The Stamp family takes farm safety seriously. They hold safety meetings with employees every month to discuss potential hazards and opportunities for improvement and have adopted a number of practices to avoid incidents. “With our meetings, we bring things up in a formal setting, but it has shown to actually get things done,” said Nathan […] Read more


This might be the last sight a farmer sees if he has headed into a bin without full safety harness and a spotter to help him out.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Bin danger peaks with cold weather

CORRECTION – February 7, 2020 – GSI and Winnipeg-based 151 Research are partnering to bring GrainViz, a revolutionary new grain monitoring system, to market. The original version of this story incorrectly stated that GSI had purchased GrainViz from 151 Research. The drawn-out 2019 harvest forced farmers to store grain at high moisture levels. This increases […] Read more

Although Nebraska farmer Guy Mills is equipped to handle plugged augers and concrete-solid spoiled grain in the bin, his preference is to attack the problem 10 months before it happens. Mills thinks about keeping people out of his bins as he plans next season. His approach to bin safety starts sometime the previous winter as he plans the upcoming corn crop. | File photo

The agronomy of bin accidents

Although Nebraska farmer Guy Mills is equipped to handle plugged augers and concrete-solid spoiled grain in the bin, his preference is to attack the problem 10 months before it happens. Mills thinks about keeping people out of his bins as he plans next season. His approach to bin safety starts sometime the previous winter as […] Read more