Fatal farm accident reinforces need to watch for power lines

Northeastern Saskatchewan’s Carrot River Valley remains in shock after the death of 61-year-old Francis Rodier in a farming accident. Rodier, who was chief executive officer of Can Pro Ingredients Inc. of Arborfield, Sask., was operating a sprayer in a field June 1 when his boom came in contact with a power line. RCMP officers from […] Read more

Program aims to eliminate child fatalities on the farm

More than half a million rural Alberta schoolchildren have been taught about farm safety through the efforts of the Farm Safety Centre Safety Smarts program. The milestone was celebrated in May in Raymond, Alta., where the non-profit organization is based. Formed 18 years ago, the centre is on track this year to deliver the farm […] Read more

Country air: not as clean as it seems

Asthma, pneumonia and other respiratory illness can be triggered by farm hazards such as bacteria, chemicals and dust

The dust stirs on a windy day and Dave Broersma sits in the cab of his tractor a bit longer than most. “I consciously have to wait until the dust settles and then get out. It affects me,” he said. Broersma dealt with asthma symptoms for years on his small grain farm in Hague, Sask. […] Read more

VIDEO: Golden hour critical to saving lives

Garfield Beaudry was chopping wood for the winter near Raymore, Sask., but feeling poorly that September day in 2012. Later, when friends from England arrived for a dinner date, he fell to the ground unconscious after suffering a heart attack. After the 911 call, his acreage became a bevy of activity as first responders, police, […] Read more

‘All I could do was keep breathing’

RIDGETOWN, Ont. — “Get her done” is a mantra long familiar to Arick Baker. It’s also what led to the young Iowa farmer spending four and a half hours buried in a grain bin one summer day in 2013. “If we would have stopped and thought it through, this wouldn’t have happened,” Baker told the […] Read more

Safety group helps farmers navigate rules

ALDERGROVE, B.C. — Translating government regulations to farm speak is what AgSafe staff does best. The not-for-profit education and training agency helps farmers implement British Columbia’s mandatory, but not always clear, farm safety rules. It’s who Ana Ante called when she wanted help resolving a longstanding order from WorkSafe BC to fix safety violations at […] Read more

Bill 6: one family farm’s perspective

To be clear, we are not anti-safety. We live and play in our workplaces. It is our family, friends, and neighbours whose health and well-being are at stake on our property, and we take that seriously. We have repeatedly heard Alberta premier Rachel Notley claim that “stakeholders were consulted.” The Oxford dictionary defines consultation as […] Read more

B.C. farmers say rules promote safety culture

LANGLEY, B.C. — As manager of Nicola Ranch, Matt Williams takes safety seriously. Four times a year, workers complete a full safety inspection of the farm and ranch. Each month, they attend a formalized safety meeting to discuss safety topics, such as power saw or seat belt safety. Each day, they hold “tailgate” farm safety […] Read more

More questions than answers following first Bill 6 public meeting

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — Almost 400 angry farmers sent a clear message to the Alberta government: they don’t want the new farm safety legislation and they believe it is being rushed through without consultation. “This is insulting,” said Jamie White, of Teepee Creek, Alta. “The idea that we can not look after our business and […] Read more

New farm worker safety rules to alter landscape in Alberta

GIBBONS, Alta. — Sweeping changes to work and safety rules for Alberta’s farms and ranches have generated concern among those in farming. Few farmers know how the mandatory Workers Compensation or Occupational Health and Safety rules will apply to their farms or how they will affect workers or neighbours who drop by to help brand […] Read more