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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


Even though creating and implementing a visitor orientation takes a bit of work, it’s well worth the effort in order to protect the well-being of every person who visits your farm.

Safety first for farm visitors

It may take a little time to develop but a basic orientation for visitors is important and protects you

On farms across the country, there’s no shortage of visitors coming and going throughout the year. Visiting a farm isn’t without risk. Any time people are in a situation where they could be in contact with animals, farm equipment, or other hazards like water, there is potential for injury. While many farm operations are accustomed

Editorial: Staying safe on the farm

Agriculture regularly tops surveys and studies of dangerous professions. Despite the process of going high tech, every season there’s still a heaping helping of manual labour, heavy equipment, confined spaces and moving parts. Add the exhaustion of long hours and mental stress and it can be a recipe for disaster. This all added up to