March 10, 2017
The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick (AANB), WorkSafeNB
and the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and
Fisheries invite you to recognize Canadian Agricultural Safety Week
(CASW) 2017 by committing to providing healthy and safe
environments for everyone who lives on, works on or visits
Canada is the fifth-largest agricultural exporter in the world
and Canadian farmers are world leaders in quality food production.
Unfortunately, an average of 84 Canadians are killed each year in
agriculture-related incidents. Last year, in our province,130
workers were injured from agriculture-related job tasks. This must
stop. We need our farmers to stay healthy and be safe so they can
continue to grow quality food for a growing world.
You can make a difference on your farm. Create a plan, one that
makes safety the priority of your farming operations. As world
leaders, Canada’s farmers deserve to have the safest and most
productive farms possible. This week, make a commitment to your
farm, your family and yourself.
“Your government recognizes the importance of agriculture to the
New Brunswick economy, with 13,000 New Brunswickers employed in the
sector and $1.2 billion in revenues each year,” said Agriculture,
Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet. “I encourage all
producers and stakeholders to join with the Agricultural Alliance
of New Brunswick in promoting farm safety not just this week, but
Death of a family member or employee has devastating effects,
said Alliance’s president Mike Bouma.
“Safety may not be top of mind during our daily lives on the
farm. We get busy and sometimes rush and forget that safety should
always be our top priority. It is too late to take action after a
loved one is lost or injured due to a farm accident. I want to
encourage all New Brunswick producers to commit to safety on their
farm and start doing so by developing a general health and safety
policy for your farm and communicating the plan with everyone who
lives on, works on and visits the farm,” Bouma said.
WorkSafeNB works closely with New Brunswick farmers and
producers, offering safety expertise and resources. It also
partners with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation to host four
safety days for Grades 4-6 children throughout the province.
“New Brunswick farms are often family-run,” said Tim Petersen,
WorkSafeNB’s acting president and CEO. “The Progressive Agriculture
Safety Day events are a way for us to instill safety awareness and
leadership in children who grow up in rural regions. Our hope is
they maintain and share this awareness throughout their lives.”
- Ensure workers are properly trained to do their work safely and
are equipped with the proper personal protective
equipment. Training is especially important for new workers.
Additional supervision is required.
- Keep moving machinery parts guarded to prevent workers from
coming into contact with these parts. Always ensure equipment is
completely de-energized before conducting maintenance. If visiting
a farm, avoid all machinery.
- Have an emergency plan ready for any incident. Ensure all
workers, temporary or permanent, are familiar with the
- Ensure emergency contact numbers, first aid kits, waste and
spill clean-up kits and up-to-date WHMIS safety data sheets are
- Ensure hazardous substances are properly stored and labelled.
Ensure warning signs are posted where necessary.
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association also has a toolkit
and other resources to help producers establish a policy statement
and address topics such as safely handling cattle, all-terrain
operation on farm property and basic tractor operation.
For more information on farm safety, visit fermenbfarm.ca,
worksafenb.ca and casa-acsa.ca.
The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick (AANB) is the
voice of this province’s farmers. In 2006, the Agriculture
Producers’ Association and the Federation des agriculteurs et
agricultrices francophones du Nouveau Brunswick merged to form the
AANB, a grassroots, bilingual organization of farmers working
WorkSafeNB is committed to preventing workplace injuries and
illness through education and the enforcement of the
Occupational Health and Safety Act. WorkSafeNB administers
no-fault workplace accident and disability insurance for employers
and their workers, funded solely through employer assessments and
governed under the Workers’ Compensation Act and the
Firefighters’ Compensation Act.
– Manon Arsenault, communications director, WorkSafeNB, 506
– Mike Bouma, president, Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick,
– Jean Bertin, communications officer, Department of
Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries/Department of Energy and
Resource Development, 506 444-5298