Farms across Canada vary in size, what they produce and how many people they employ. But like all other workplaces, there are inherent on-the-job safety hazards that need to be addressed in order to prevent injuries and save lives.
Agriculture ranks the fourth most hazardous industry in Canada, with 12.9 deaths per 100,000 farm population. From 1990 to 2008, an average of 104 people died every year from agricultural incidents in Canada, according to the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting (CAIR) program.
Along with the human cost, unintentional injuries have significant financial implications that total approximately $374 million each year. These unintentional injuries are the result of incidents such as motor vehicle collisions, entanglements with farm machinery, and rollovers.
Unintentional injuries are preventable injuries. The right attitude toward safety and the right training saves...