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Ford recalls 1.48 million pickups over transmissions

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said on Wednesday it was recalling about 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to a potential transmission downshift issue that could increase the risk of a crash. Ford said select 2011-2013 model year trucks with six-speed automatic transmission could experience an unintended downshift into first […] Read more

Safety experts say the heels of your feet actually slip a little bit with every step. Add some wood shavings, sawdust, or other common construction debris and you’ve increased the odds of a “fall on the same level” 
— one of the most common causes of lost-time WCB claims.

The surprising hazard lurking at your feet

Slips and trips are commonplace ingredients in a large number of workplace accidents

Working safely with equipment gets a lot of attention — and rightly so — when it comes to preventing accidents on the farm. But there are also major hazards lurking by your feet, and this, too, is something you should think about before starting any building project on the farm. Falls account for one in […] Read more


A dummy filled with newspapers is placed over the power take-off shaft of the tractor.

PHOTOS: Kids learn a lesson about farm safety and machinery

The look on their faces said it all

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 […] Read more

Fatality report highlights the many dangers of farming

The grim statistics are a reminder that some everyday activities can also be very hazardous

The language is plain, the numbers clear, and the take-home message is simple — danger is ever present on farms. Although run-overs, rollovers, and being pinned or struck by machinery account for 369 of the 843 fatalities in the latest Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting report (covering the period from 2003 to 2012), tragedy strikes in […] Read more


Avoiding ATV rollovers on the farm

You may use an ATV for fun or for profit. But more importantly you should always use them safely. Rollovers happen alarmingly fast, so always wear a helmet, gloves, long sleeves, pants, and boots, even when only travelling a short distance. Inappropriate gear, such as loose clothing, can get caught on controls and doesn’t provide […] Read more

Stan Grad has been awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence, one of eight Albertans admitted to the order this year.

Tragedy spurs lifelong devotion to STARS

Instead of dealing with his grief privately after his youngest daughter Kristine died in a car accident, Stan Grad turned his efforts to fundraising for the Shock and Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). In 1990, Grad wrote to STARS about the loss of his daughter, who had been airlifted to the Foothills Medical Centre. “With […] Read more