March 13, 2007
FREDERICTON (CNB) - March 14-20 will be officially recognized as Canadian Agricultural Safety Week in the province, Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette said today.
This year's theme, "Protect your moving parts!" focuses on pinch points, crushes, entanglements, and the importance of guarding.
"When it comes to farm safety, machine entanglements and being pinned or struck by machinery are the third most frequent causes of death on Canadian farms, accounting for 14 per cent of all agricultural fatalities," Ouellette said. "This type of injury also accounts for almost a quarter of farm-related hospitalizations."
Last year there was one fatality and 97 farm-related accidents in New Brunswick, which resulted in the loss of almost 1,500 days of work, having negative implications on the bottom line of the affected operations.
Ouellette said farm safety should be a priority this week and throughout the year.
"I encourage every agricultural producer in the province to make a commitment to workplace safety and follow through on this commitment," Ouellette said. "Safety training is vital for farm operations. Every farm employee should be properly trained on farm equipment and what to do in the event of an accident."
Each year the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, strives to promote farm safety by encouraging provinces and territories to declare one week as Canadian Agricultural Safety Week.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alain Bryar, communications, Agriculture and Aquaculture, 506-444-4218.