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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


A new study reveals 
how farmers balance the
 risk of children’s injuries 
with the benefits of giving 
them experience in the 
farm workplace.

High rates of child death and injury persist: Why farm children are put at risk

Parents interviewed say there’s benefits 
to including children in tasks on the farm

Much work has been done around child safety on the farm, and the high incidence of injuries and deaths among Canadian farm children is well documented. But there hasn’t been much effort put into understanding why parents allow children into dangerous situations. A new study sheds some light on the reasons, and may help prevent

CASA and Glacier FarmMedia team up for safety

A promotional campaign will support CASA’s support and education programs

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is once again partnering with Glacier FarmMedia and its publications the Manitoba Co-operator, Alberta Farmer Express and Le Bulletin des agriculteurs to support farm safety initiatives. This marks the third year that Glacier FarmMedia has supported CASA initiatives as a media sponsor, advertising and celebrating both the Back to

Glen Blahey has retired from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA).

Farm safety specialist reflects on career spanning nearly four decades

Glen Blahey has retired from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. His career also included nearly 30 years with the province of Manitoba

It wasn’t easy trying to talk to farmers about safety in the early 1980s. Usually his talk was last on farm meeting agendas, and he’d end up speaking mostly to empty chairs, Glen Blahey recalls. Farmers then tended to see work done on the farm as no one else’s business. Or if safety mattered, it


Injured on the farm? Farm Safety Program wants to know

Manitoba Farm Safety Program wants to hear about incidents so it can post preventive bulletins

The Manitoba Farm Safety Program (FSP) wants farmers to tell it about the injury-causing incidents and near misses that occur on their farms. That information could help others avoid the same mishaps by helping its program do more preventive programming, said FSP program director Keith Castonguay. The FSP launched in 2017 through Keystone Agricultural Producers

Set an example for the younger generation during Ag Safety Week

Set an example for the younger generation during Ag Safety Week

Canada’s agricultural population is now made up of more farmers over age 70 than under 35

With an average age of 53.8 years, Manitoba has the second-youngest population of farm operators in Canada. That means this month’s Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is a way to set an example for the next generation, says Manitoba’s minister of agriculture. “Everyone in our farming community, and especially our young farmers, has the opportunity to