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Marcel Hacault retires from his position as executive director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association this March. He’s spent 16 years in the role.

Hacault reflects on decades in ag leadership

Marcel Hacault saw the hog industry through years of upheaval before moving on to agriculture safety

His dad told him not to farm. Marcel Hacault decided to do it anyway — in any way he could. “I think that was pretty common,” Hacault told the Co-operator. Farming wasn’t a popular occupation when he was a young man. Hacault grew up on a mixed farm near Mariapolis, in south-central Manitoba. They ran

“Silo” is a 2019 movie depicting a grain entrapment accident in a small, American farming community.

Silver screen grain entrapment mirrors real-life peril for Winkler farmer

Canola growers’ associations used virtual screenings of movie ‘Silo’ to discuss dangers of work inside grain bins

As Randy Froese sat buried beneath two or three feet of mouldy pinto beans at the bottom of a hopper bin, his phone began to ring. It was probably his wife, he thought, calling to ask when he’d be home for supper. “As I sat there, I couldn’t move,” he said. “I thought, I am


Grain bins have regulatory, safety requirements

Grain bins have regulatory, safety requirements

Farm safety experts say farms, even small family-run operations, are workplaces and are regulated accordingly

Farm safety experts are reminding producers that grain bins are ‘confined spaces’ — a term that has regulatory and safety implications. “Fatalities occur regularly across the Prairie provinces in agricultural settings specific to confined spaces,” said Marc Watt, a paramedic turned safety adviser at Elite Safety Training in Brandon. Yet, he said, farms often operate

Turn on the six-inch auger under this bin and the demonstration mannequin will be chest deep in grain in just eight or nine seconds.

Proper grain storage can prevent entrapments

Ag Safety Week: ‘Out of condition’ grain is a common reason a producer might enter a bin

As farmers, you understand the importance of proper storage of your crops. High temperatures and humidity level can drastically impact grain quality, but they can also be a safety concern. Last year we experienced a very wet harvest season and many producers put crops into storage in wet conditions. Once spring weather arrives, the grain

One of the big questions for family farms is how do we include our kids while prioritizing safety?

Keeping kids safe in the workplace

Ontario incident sheds light into potential dangers around the family farm

If you grew up on a farm, riding along during harvest or helping with morning chores were probably tasks that felt second nature. For many good reasons this integral part of farming isn’t going to go away. However, a recent on-farm incident in Ontario involving the death of a small child has the farming community


Thea Green appointed to CASA board

Manitoban Thea Green has joined the board of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association for 2019-20, the organization announced Oct. 29. Green is program manager for Key­stone Agricultural Producers and oversees KAP’s Farm Safety Program, Manitoba’s Young Farmer program, the Environmental Farm Plan and human resources programming. Carolyn Van Den Heuvel (Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture)

There are a handful of fatalities every year because parents didn’t find that safe balance between the necessities of work and childcare — plus their desire to inspire.

Comment: Combining work, life and farm safety

Keeping kids safe on the farm is a complex balance

It’s a story that’s sending a collective shudder through the farming community — and a powerful message. A four-year-old boy died of head injuries last year after he fell out of the skid-steer bucket he was riding in with his brother while their father was using it to move wood chips on their Ontario farm.

Firefighters demonstrate the use of a “Res-Q-Tube” during grain entrapment rescue training put on by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

CASA expands grain rescue training to Manitoba

The BeGrainSafe program began after seven fatal grain entrapments on the Prairies in 2015

A program to train firefighters to rescue people trapped or engulfed in grain is expanding into Manitoba. The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is expanding its BeGrainSafe program, which includes a two-day program for firefighters, according to a May 29 news release. The training will now be available in Manitoba and Quebec. The course includes an


Take the time now to prepare for a safe spring.

Build a farm safety plan for spring

Take the time to think ahead to help ensure a safe seeding season

As the start of spring draws closer, for many Canadian producers, thoughts turn to the planting of crops and the hope for a productive and successful farming season begins again. The promise of a new season is an ideal time to do a thorough check of equipment and processes. If you feel you’re running short

Footwear is a key aspect of injury prevention, which is why it’s important to wear the right type to ensure your safety.

Best foot forward

Proper footwear selection is an important part of farm safety

We all wear footwear, but how many of us wear the right type for different tasks? On the farm, there are many everyday tasks that could result in injuries to feet or ankles if the proper footwear is not used. Footwear is a key aspect of injury prevention, which is why it’s important to wear