Agriculture is one of the top three most hazardous industries in which to work. According to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, while 85 per cent of Canadian producers believe safety is a priority on their farm, less than 10 per cent currently have a safety plan on their farm or ranch.
“Manitoba Ag Days takes farm safety very seriously and we have set up a joint partnership with Manitoba Hydro and SAFE Work Manitoba to form the Farm Safety Area,” says Kristen Phillips, Manitoba Ag Days general manager.
Phillips says the Farm Safety Area will be located in the newly expanded location in the Pioneer Lounge located at the top of the ramp at the Keystone Centre. Visitors are encouraged to take a few minutes to visit the area to learn more about safe farming programs. The area will have trained professionals and exhibitors on site to help cover all topics of farming safety.
“The goal of this area is to help farmers, their families and workers recognize and manage safety risks,” says Phillips. “The farm safety team has put together a word scramble for patrons to take part in to win a fire extinguisher, car safety kit, extension cords, radon test kit and a variety of other safety products. We want to help producers make their workplace and farm a safer place for everyone.”
Farm Safety Area Participating Organizations
- Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services
- Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities
- Manitoba Hydro
- Prairie Mountain Health
- SAFE Work Manitoba
- The Manitoba Lung Association
- Workers Compensation Board