Using a barrel full of canola and a rope tied to a round piece of wood, students learn first hand the herculean strength needed to pull out someone engulfed in grain. “It takes almost 850 pounds to pull an average person’s body out, who is engulfed in grain. That’s almost impossible,” said Keith Markwick, who ran the grain safety booth.  |  William DeKay photo

Farm safety goes to the kids

About 450 Grade 4 students experienced interactive, hands-on activities about outdoor safety practices as well as living a healthy lifestyle during the eighth annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day held May 9 at the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition. Classrooms of students from several Lloydminster schools rotated between nine different stations that included animal and grain safety, firearms […] Read more


To reduce the likelihood of accidents involving farm machinery, the Saskatchewan government is offering advice to motorists and equipment operators.
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Take extra care on highways

With harvest well underway across most of Western Canada, provincial authorities are urging caution on public roads and highways. “Harvest is a busy and important time for the agriculture community,” said Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit.   “We want to keep Saskatchewan’s roadways safe for everyone, and remind motorists to watch for slower […] Read more


Rest and relaxation critical to injury-free harvest

Fatigue, lack of familiarity with equipment and cutting corners to save a few minutes can result in a lifetime of regret

Every harvest season on the Prairies is memorable for one reason or another. Last year’s harvest will likely be remembered for the unwelcome rain and snow, the mud, the ruts and the millions of unharvested acres. Fingers crossed, the 2017 harvest might be remembered as a line-to-line event — a harvest season that went from […] Read more

Helmets will become mandatory gear for Alberta riders of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) as of May 15, the provincial government announced today. | File photo

Off-highway vehicle riders must wear helmets in Alberta

Helmets will become mandatory gear for Alberta riders of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) as of May 15, the provincial government announced today. When on public land, riders of ATVs, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, four-wheel-drive vehicles and side-by-sides must wear helmets or face a fine of up to $155. Farming and ranching operations involving OHV use will be […] Read more


Sex trafficking: not just an urban problem

Sex trafficking doesn’t just happen in Canada’s big cities. That’s the message that Joy Smith, founder of the Joy Smith Foundation and a former Manitoba MP, will deliver in a presentation in Yorkton, Sask., Dec. 6. “I have found out it’s as prevalent in small towns as it is in the big cities,” she says. […] Read more

Tornadoes, boil-water advisories, train derailments and blizzards all are included in the SaskAlert app, designed to offer timely warnings of emergency situations. | Screencap via www.saskalert.ca

Emergency alert app now available for Sask. users

Saskatchewan residents now have access to a smart phone app that alerts them to emergencies. Tornadoes, boil-water advisories, train derailments and blizzards all are included in the SaskAlert app, designed to offer timely warnings of emergency situations. The province announced SaskAlert, part of the national emergency reporting system, a year ago. The app, for iPhone […] Read more

Dash cam video shows CN train collide with a semi-trailer in Minnesota. | Minnesota Department of Public Safety photo

CN train hits semi-trailer

There is always someone bigger. Semi-trailers are usually the big guys on the road, but that doesn’t mean they are able to ignore stop lights at a train crossing. Dash cam footage from Jan. 20 released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, shows a semi pull in front of a CN train and then […] Read more


The Stop Sensor emits a light beam that bounces back from reflectors on the side of the trailer. The reflector is attached to the trailer directly above the hopper gates, ensuring that the dump is on the mark every time.  |  Larry Mosbrucker photo

Stop sensor saves time, reduces risk for truckers

Device helps prevent injuries | Portable transmitters help alignment, reduce time out of cab

FARGO — If it’s a good day and everything is going just right, a semi-truck driver still needs to get out of the cab three times. “That’s three times a guy exposes himself to risk,” said Larry Mosbrucker, inventor of the Stop Sensor device for lining up hopper gates with the exact dump point. “If […] Read more

GM labelling unnecessary; focus must be safety, health

California, the birthplace of so many trends, is at it again with a proposal on this fall’s ballot for mandatory labels on genetically modified food. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will appear on voter ballots as Proposition 37 in the Nov. 6 U.S. elections, which among other things will also choose […] Read more