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Rob Gobeil of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association demonstrates the risk of grain entrapment.

Unpacking the dangers around bin entrapment

Forays to the inside of a grain bin can quickly turn tragic

In 2015, seven people died in grain bin entrapment accidents. That was a spike over an average year, accounting for a significant number of the deaths reported in the decade before. According to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program, 30 people died from grain or silage asphyxiation between 2006 and 2015. It had always been

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


The Mini ROTT at its unveiling demonstration at Glenlea Research Farm July 16.

Rollover training tractor unveiled

The collaboration by three Manitoba groups is aimed at building a safer farm sector

A new agriculture safety tool to train operators to prevent tractor rollovers has been unveiled by a Manitoba collaboration. The University of Manitoba (UM), Red River College (RRC) and Keystone Agricultural Producers, demonstrated the Mini Roll Over Training Tractor (Mini ROTT) at the UM’s Glenlea Research Station on July 16. The teaching vehicle will help

The ROTT has rear and side outriggers to prevent it from tipping over entirely.

Tiny tractor to train farmers on rollover prevention

The remote-controlled vehicle is a collaboration between KAP, the University of Manitoba and Red River College

A remote-controlled mini-tractor will train ag students and farmers on rollover prevention without putting them in harms’ way. The Mini Rollover Training Tractor (or “tippy tractor” as one collaborator called it) is a to-scale, electric, remote-controlled tractor which ag students and farmers can use to experiment and problem-solve in situations that might lead to tractor

Farm COVID safety Q-and-A

Farm COVID safety Q-and-A

KAP safety consultant Morag Marjerison answers some of the most common questions she’s heard from farmers on COVID-19 safety

COVID-19 safety concerns have added a few new complications to the already busy spring season. KAP safety consultant Morag Marjerison said the questions she’s getting from producers are falling into roughly six categories. Here are answers to those questions, and resources to dig deeper on what is required for each specific farm. What are my


Commonly used surfaces, such as truck door handles, should be cleaned more often. (Kali9/E+/Getty Images)

Take extra steps to keep farm workers safe during COVID-19

Add biosecurity practices, or ramp up the ones you already employ

Farmers concerned about the spread of COVID-19 can learn from the hog sector on the matter of protecting themselves and their workers, says a leading expert on biosecurity in the pork industry. “This is the world of biosecurity that the swine industry deals with on a daily basis,” said Dr. Egan Brockhoff, veterinarian counsellor for

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.