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

Implementing safety practices are simple to do, it can only take a few minutes in the morning to ensure workers know how to use machinery. These high school students in Alberta were taking part in a farm safety course that covered the dangers of power take-offs. | File photo

Recent Quebec farm deaths prompt safety awareness

The three deaths in four days were separate incidents involving a tractor falling to its side and power take-offs

QUEBEC CITY — Three farm deaths occurred over a period of four days earlier this month in Quebec, prompting advocates to remind farmers of the importance of safety. The deaths, all separate incidents, include a man in his 50s, a 19-year-old man and a woman who worked for the province’s agriculture department. “It’s certainly bad […] Read more


Maria Champagne of AgSafe Alberta promotes farm safety and provides practical advice to keep people safe. Rural residents can place emergency information in a plastic tube and attach it in a prominent place so first responders can help quickly. The tube can hold a farm diagram, information about power shutoffs, critical phone numbers and land locations.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Farm safety requires planning ahead

Every farm is different, but there are key goals that are required to keep family and others safe and prevent accidents

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Everything can be a risk on the farm but too often taking a shortcut results in life-changing injuries. For the last few years in Alberta, 18 people have died in farm accidents, said Maria Champagne of AgSafe. A first responder who also lives on a farm, Champagne offers advice to […] Read more

The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, in partnership with the Migrant Clinicians Network, released the new resource on Aug. 12, billing it as a road map that could help prevent injuries or deaths. | Screencap via cultivatesafety.org

Farm safety resource hopes to improve child-care access

A farm safety organization has developed a new tool designed to improve access to child care, potentially reducing children’s exposure to hazards. The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, in partnership with the Migrant Clinicians Network, released the new resource on Aug. 12, billing it as a road map that could […] Read more


Since April 1, SaskPower says there have been 240 reported incidents of machinery contacting electrical lines. That's up from 230 at the same time last year. | File photo

Beware of power lines: SaskPower

SaskPower is reminding farmers to take care around power lines during harvest after an increasing number of contacts through the growing season. Since April 1, there have been 240 reported incidents of machinery contacting electrical lines. That’s up from 230 at the same time last year. Spokesperson Joel Cherry said despite continuous efforts to remind […] Read more

Part of the solution, according to Don Voaklander, a professor and the director of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta, is having more producers adopt guidelines that outline age-appropriate farm tasks for children, which expose them to the farm life without hazards.
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Will Ont. farm death verdict lead to safer practices?

A recent court case that saw an Ontario farmer convicted of criminal negligence in the death of his son could encourage more farmers to improve safety, according to experts. In the history-making case, Justice Julia Morneau of the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 8 sentenced farmer Emanuel Bauman with a 10-year driving prohibition and […] Read more

The controversial farm safety legislation came into effect following nearly two years of government consultation on its details.
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Alta.’s UCP vows to repeal farm safety law

The plan to repeal the law and launch new consultations sparks debate with government leading into provincial election

RIMBEY, Alta. — The future of Alberta’s farm safety legislation is hanging in the balance as the province heads into an election this spring. The opposition United Conservative Party and governing NDP are sparring over the UCP’s plans to kill the new safety rules imposed by the NDP, the legislation otherwise known as Bill 6, […] Read more


Dave Brand is director of Community & Protective Services with Red Deer County. | Maria Johnson photo

Alta. firefighters practice grain entrapment rescue

RED DEER — Grain can be deadly. In mid-October of 2015, three young sisters northwest of Red Deer died in a farm accident when they became buried in canola seed. Earlier that same autumn, a teenaged boy and his grandfather suffered the same fate on a farm in southwestern Saskatchewan. Dave Brand, director of Community […] Read more

Hanneke Camps, who employs five to 19 people, depending on harvest, adopted the province’s new rules for her workers.  |  Hanneke Camps photo

Alta. farmers still uncertain over safety rules

These are the requirements that apply to farms with paid employees. They don’t apply to family members, neighbours or friends helping out:


Confusion continues over Alberta’s new farm safety rules, which took effect earlier this month. The rules require farms and ranches with paid employees to follow a set of safety guidelines, as well as have coverage from the Workers’ Compensation Board, but some producers are still unsure about how they apply to their operations, said Jody […] Read more