The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) will be using a federal government investment of $375,000 to implement its new Grain Safety Program. The project aims to educate Canadians and reduce injuries and deaths due to grain handling in Canada.
The investment will enable CASA to bring attention to grain safety, through training modules, demonstrations and public awareness. Program activities will include:
- A mobile grain safety demonstration and training unit
- An interactive trade show display
- Table top youth displays for youth ages 8 to 12
- On-site training for grain producers
- Rescue training for volunteer first responders
“We are working with industry to help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer and stronger,” said MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP for Kildonan –St. Paul. “Increased awareness, training for farmers and grain workers will help reduce grain-related injuries and fatalities on the farm.”
The Manitoba MP made the announcement on March 14 in Winnipeg on behalf of Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The investment coincided with Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, which ran from March 12 to 18.
“CASA is committed to our vision of a Canada where no one is hurt farming,” said Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. “Grain safety awareness and training is essential in achieving this vision. We welcome the support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada along with the support of our industry sponsors in helping make to Be Grain Safe a success.”
Canada’s agricultural industry is one of the top three most hazardous industries in which to work. On average, 84 Canadians are killed each year in agriculture related incidents.