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The United Conservative government plans to introduce its Farm Freedom and Safety Act this fall.

Producers and their farm workers urged to take workplace safety survey

The new government wants views and suggestions before introducing the Farm Freedom and Safety Act

Farmers, ranchers, and their workers are being asked by the provincial government what they would like to see in new farm workplace safety legislation. The United Conservative government says it plans to introduce the Farm Freedom and Safety Act this fall “to put choice back in the hands of farmers and have legislation that reflects […] Read more

Safety improvements for bins was one of the biggest expenses at Will Farms, but the cost was covered by a provincial grant.

Safety is the new norm at Will Farms

Elaine Bellamy says not having a farm 
safety plan is a risk you simply can’t afford

Elaine Bellamy suspected she had her work cut out for her when the provincial government announced its plans to improve farm safety in the fall of 2015. So in January 2016, just as the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act was coming into effect, Bellamy attended a workshop on creating a farm safety […] Read more


Heights and fall hazards are one of the critical areas that fall under new workplace safety rules.

New provincial safety grant gives farm employers a ‘helping hand’

Grant can offset costs for meeting new workplace safety regulations, which come into effect Dec.1

A new provincial safety grant will make it easier — or at least cheaper — for farmers to comply with upcoming occupational health and safety requirements. “The province recognized that by putting those rules in place, many farms with employees were going to have to do some upgrading or some training to meet those new […] Read more

Farm and safety grants available

Farm and ranch safety grants are being offered to help employers comply with new occupational health and safety requirements that go into effect on Dec. 1. Up to $6 million is available through the program, which runs until March 2021. Farms and ranches with waged, non-family workers and a WCB account may apply for the […] Read more


Keep your young workers and children safe at harvest

Don’t assume workers know ‘the basics’ and 
build a separate safe play area for young children

Harvest is the peak season for agricultural-related injuries and fatalities, and new and young workers have a higher rate of injury on the job. “Always take the time to first go through the activity of training the youth, even if it feels repetitive or redundant — this will ensure they learn and practise the safest […] Read more

Too much progress has been made on workplace safety rules to go back to square one, says AgCoalition chair Albert Kamps,
seen here at a news conference with Labour Minister Christina Gray.

Furor gives way to compromise on farm safety rules

Farmers were outraged when Bill 6 was introduced in 2015, but years of talks have changed the situation

It began with a firestorm but nearly three years on, the province’s move to impose Occupational Health and Safety regulations on farms is headed for a far different ending. It would be a mistake to roll back workplace safety legislation, said Albert Kamps, a dairy farmer and chair of AgCoalition, an unprecedented alliance of provincial […] 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

Farmers on a committee dealing with workplace safety regulations argued that wearing a seatbelt while operating farm equipment doesn’t make sense much of the time. But the committee is recommending making buckling up mandatory.

Buckle up — workplace safety rules may be in for a rough ride

Mandatory seatbelt use is among several ‘pretty big’ regulations that don’t make sense, 
says the AgCoalition

Over the objections of its farmer members, a committee has recommended the province make seatbelt use mandatory in tractors, combines, and other farm equipment. Forcing farmers to buckle up is just one — although likely the most controversial — of 142 recommendations from four “technical working groups” established to turn Bill 6 into actual occupational […] Read more