Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 13 – 19, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2011
Farm safe for success
Ottawa– So you’ve built a farm safety plan. That’s a great start. Now – make it work for you. And keep
double-checking and refining – the same way you handle your business plan.
“Our Government is proud to support this important initiative to make working and living on a farm
safer for all,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “We will continue to make every effort to ensure
Canadian farmers succeed and continue to provide their top quality products to Canadians and the
“By planning, implementing and assessing safety on the farm on a regular basis, you’re making an
important investment in your own future and the future of your family, employees and your farm,” says
Greg Stewart, President and CEO, Farm Credit Canada (FCC).
“Plan • Farm • Safety” is the theme of the three-year Canadian Agricultural Safety campaign. The
2010 campaign promoted "Plan", with safety walkabouts and an emphasis on planning for safety. For
2011, the focus will be on "Farm", with highlights on implementation, documentation and training. This
campaign will launch during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), March 13 to 19. Next year’s
campaign will emphasise "Safety", including the assessment, improvement and further development of
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)
deliver CASW in partnership with long-time sponsors Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada’s Growing Forward federal, provincial, territorial initiative.
“A farm safety plan is an important part of an overall business plan,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive
Director for CASA. “The idea behind the Plan • Farm • Safety campaign is to work with producers as
they go through the necessary steps to develop, implement and assess a practical farm safety plan for
their own unique operation.”
A 2005 study conducted by the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR) reported an
average of 115 people are killed by farm related incidents every year, with at least 1,500 hospitalized.
In 2006, a total of 13,801 Canadian farms reported one or more medically treated or lost time injuries,
reports Statistics Canada.
“Everyone has a role to play ensuring there are viable solutions for keeping safe on the farm,” explains
Ron Bonnett, CFA President. “Statistics show us that about 85 per cent of farm related incidents are
due to human error. This also means farmers can avoid many of these incidents and injuries. Our
hope is that during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, we can provide farmers with practical tools to
implement safer work practices.”
To help get started, a variety of farm safety plan resources, tips and teaching kits are available at
Rate your farm safety knowledge. Take the FCC Farm Safety Quiz at www.fccfarmsafety.ca between
March 1 and 31 and enter to win a safety kit.
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For more information call:
Theresa Whalen, CFA Farm Safety Consultant, (613) 822-0016 firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Wreford, CASA, (204) 275-8874 email@example.com
Aliya Ladha, FCC (306) 780-5635 firstname.lastname@example.org
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