Farm Safety

Farm safety is an on-going concern for Grain Farmers of Ontario. From equipment operation to grain handling to travelling between farms - there are numerous sources of danger. Awareness is a key factor in accident prevention.

To that end, Grain Farmers of Ontario is helping to promote farm safety to our farmer-members and the general public through educational days and public service announcements.

Road Safety

As planting or harvesting approaches, Ontario farmers will rely on public roads to transport equipment from field to field. Grain Farmers of Ontario recognizes there are many avoidable and serious accidents each year in our province involving farm machinery on public roads and there is a gap in communication of safe practices. In Ontario, driver education requires learning about slow moving vehicles, but does not incorporate information specific to farm machinery on public roads. Farm safety groups focus on on-farm practices, rather than road safety tips for the public. Grain Farmers of Ontario is providing rural road safety information for both farm vehicle operators and the general public to increase awareness of the seasonality of farm equipment on public roads, and to clarify expectations and rules for everyone who uses Ontario’s rural roadways. Grain Farmers of Ontario’s goal is to make public roads safer for both farmers and the general public across the province.

Grain Safety Day 2014

Grain Farmers of Ontario District 7 (Oxford and Waterloo) held a Grain Safety Day to promote awareness about the dangers of on-farm storage and to promote best handling practices.Here are a few words of caution from the experts:

Fred Spiro, Ontario Agri Business Association

“If you operate under the federal legislation of the Canada Labour Code, and you work at a height of seven feet or higher with the potential for falling, you must have fall arrest equipment. If you operate under the Health and Safety Act of Ontario, if you work at 10 feet or higher with the potential of falling, you must have fall arrest to protect you.”

Wayne Bauer, Star of the West Milling Co.
“We promote seven best management practices: develop a zero entry mentality so people are not tempted to go into the bin; never work alone; never enter the bin untrained; use a checklist to make sure you don’t take short cuts; have a shut down/lockout procedure; properly secure a harness lifeline; have an emergency preparedness plan.”

Steve Lembke, farmer, Five Star Seeds

“We as farmers all work a lot of times by ourselves or do things by ourselves. But if you are in a situation that could be dangerous, where there’s the potential for anything to happen, go and ask a neighbour or a family member to help you. We’ve learned now that we don’t do things alone.”

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