The most common injuries and fatalities for farm workers involve operating machines unsafely.
We celebrate Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in March to help increase awareness around the importance of safe farming practices.
Just like any other business, farm owners are responsible for the safety of their staff by maintaining their equipment and ensuring all workers receive the training they need to operate machinery safely. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety established that 70% of fatalities which occur on a farm involve machinery. Regular inspections and maintenance of these machines, in addition to proper training, can drastically reduce this statistic.
Keeping an up-to-date and detailed incident response plan is also vital in the event that a farming incident occurs. It’s important to take careful inventory of agricultural hazards and anticipate the kinds of actions needed to ensure all workers, including family members, are well prepared. Check our SAFE Work Manitoba’s guide for emergency planning to learn more about how to prepare for farming emergencies.
For more information on what you can do to increase farm safety awareness, check out www.agsafetyweek.ca.