Farm safety

The Progressive Agriculture Foundation marks 23 years of delivering presentations on potential dangers and safety 
around farm chemicals, grain bins and equipment, train crossings, wildlife and other hazards unique to rural areas

An entanglement in a tractor’s power take-off launched the idea for Progressive Agriculture safety days in Lac La Biche, Alta. Colleen Pierce’s son, then in Grade 6, was pounding posts with his father the fall day it happened. He was wearing his father’s coveralls and straddling the power take-off when it grabbed the garment and […] Read more


Hearing and breathing: don’t take them for granted

Ringing in your ears after a day in the tractor is a sign that you’ve already suffered hearing damage. During an Invest in Your Health program in Saskatoon March 1, University of Saskatchewan agriculture college students were offered head to toe personal protective equipment from the AgriSafe Network. The presentation helps people identify their exposures […] Read more


Floodwaters leave health issues in their wake

Lurking in the muddy water, mould spores or chemicals are serious threats to those without proper protection

Risks from spring flooding don’t end when the water recedes, said a safety expert. Carolyn Sheridan, clinical director with the AgriSafe Network, said farmers are busy dealing with the immediate crisis during the acute phase of a flood. “Then it’s afterwards that we have all these other things that hit us,” she said. That includes […] Read more



Police warn about illegal left turns

Making an improper left turn is the most common driver error contributing to accidents in Alberta intersections, the provincial government reports. Whether due to ignoring traffic signs and signals, failing to yield for pedestrians or following too closely, the illegal left turn is a collision culprit. Provincial statistics show 315 people were killed and another […] Read more


A gripping story about cutting corners

CALGARY — Duane Janiskevich wants a “do over,” and he wants other farmers in Canada to be so safe that they never need one. Janiskevich cut off three fingers and his thumb in 2008. The evidence is there, on his right hand, and the memory is vivid. He knew at the time that a jigsaw was […] Read more



Mobile unit helps deliver farm safety program

Ag For Life program will launch next fall and aims to deliver interactive content to rural areas across Western Canada

A mobile unit will drive home the farm safety message next year when Ag For Life launches its latest initiative. The Rural and Farm Safety Mobile Unit has been under consideration for about three years, said Ag for Life chief executive officer Luree Williamson. A $650,000 donation from Agrium, announced Nov. 16, will help get […] Read more


Alta. plans mandatory helmets on off-highway vehicles

Wearing a helmet when riding an off-highway vehicle (OHV) on Alberta public land may become mandatory pending government amendments to the Traffic Safety Act. Transportation Minister Brian Mason announced the plan Nov. 28, which would affect those who ride all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, dirt bikes and similar recreational vehicles. Mason said the move is designed to […] Read more


Safety always an important discussion

Raised on the farm? Most of us who read this publication’s words were. It can be a great place to grow up. In modern society, opportunities to learn about the natural world in ways that let one be a part of it every day, at a time of life when the mind and body are […] Read more



Grain safety program gets $120,000 boost

Safety advocates say a $120,000 donation by four agricultural commodity groups will make Canadian farms safer and help spread an important safety message that grain can be dangerous. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association announced recently that four grower groups have donated $120,000 to its grain safety program. Donors to the program include the Canadian Canola […] Read more


Power line contact proves fatal for Sask. businessman

A senior official with a biorefinery plant in northeastern Saskatchewan has been identified as the victim of a fatal farming accident earlier this month. Francis Rodier, chief executive officer of Can Pro Ingredients Inc. in Arborfield, died June 1 when the boom of the sprayer he was operating came in contact with a power line. […] Read more