Rural youth got an up-close and dramatic demonstration on what happens when clothing snags on a power takeoff shaft. A dummy stuffed with newspapers explodes in a millisecond — drawing gasps from the young onlookers.
More than 750 students from rural Alberta attended Farm Safety Day, which is sponsored by AltaLink, at Calgary’s Stampede Park last month. Some of the key topics featured during the day included grain safety and emergency situations; chemical handling; electrical and utility safety; large equipment and vehicle safety; and the importance of wearing helmets.
“We want students to understand that nothing is more important than working safely,” said Scott Thon, president and CEO of AltaLink. “If we can help plant that seed with the next generation, then it was a successful day.”