Released on March 16, 2015
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed March 15 to 21, 2015, as Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan.
“We consider on-farm health and safety to be a high priority,” Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “Whether you’re living on, working in, or visiting a farm, we want you to be safe. I encourage all farm owners to take proactive steps in the health and safety of everyone on their farms, including proper equipment usage.”
Agricultural Safety Week in Saskatchewan is recognized each year in conjunction with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, a partnership between the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, as a way of raising awareness of on-farm safety issues. By making safety a priority, farmers can greatly reduce the chance of an injury or fatality.
“Agriculture is one of Saskatchewan’s largest industries, and all safety precautions must be taken,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “With spring seeding fast approaching, we want to remind everyone on the farm to identify hazards and to take measures to reduce the risks associated with these hazards. Our goal is for everyone to arrive home safe and healthy at the end of each day.”
The theme of this year’s Canadian Agricultural Safety Week is “Be the difference!” It focuses on encouraging individuals, organizations and communities to be the difference and make Canada’s farms a safe place to live and work.
Please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/farmsafety for more information about farm safety and for access to the Farm Safety Guide.
Agricultural Safety Week is supported by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.
For more information, contact:
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety