March came in like a lamb and seems to be staying that way, which
is welcome news after all that cold weather in February. It also means
that we are in or approaching a busy season for many of you.
are many safety concerns that arise during these next couple months for
farmers and ranchers in Alberta. Busy times are generally more
stressful and active and that means more risk overall.
you to keep in mind, there are simple ways for you to integrate safety
into your daily activities. AgSafe Alberta has tools and resources to
help you do this.
Hopefully, you took some time over the winter
to update your farm safety plan for the year (perhaps you even attended
one of our webinars or checked out the resources on our website). If
not, there’s still time. Visit our website or reach out to us directly
for ways to help. Having a safety plan is crucial for farms and ranches –
not only is it part of running a business, it’s part of your farm’s
risk management, not to mention that it can be, literally, a matter of
life and death.
Having a plan in place is only one part of the
equation. Another is keeping safety top of mind in your day-to-day
operations. This doesn’t have to be a big or onerous task – in fact, it
only takes minutes a day. In January, we launched Take 11, a campaign
highlighting the most common farm/ranch accidents in our province and
simple ways for you to prevent them.
This month’s Take 11
feature is run over/roll overs on the farm. Did you know these are the
most common farm accidents in Alberta during Spring and Fall? Check out
the tips below for ways to prevent them on your farm or ranch.
the next couple months, take time to manage your farm team’s schedules
so that we avoid incidents related to fatigue. Did you know that going
too long without sleep can impair your ability to drive the same way as
drinking too much alcohol? See below for more information about the
risks of fatigue and how to stay safe.
Lastly, with calving
season well under way, we have included some safety reminders for your
review. Check them out below for ways to keep your family, employees and
yourself safe this spring season.
Questions or concerns? We are always here to help you out. Contact our team anytime:
– General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org | 403-219-7901
– Hotline for incidence assistance: 1-833-9AGSAFE
AgSafe Executive Director