BASF and CASA partner to promote ag safety
By Top Crop Manager
April 19, 2016, Ontario – BASF Canada has formed a partnership with the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association (CASA) to promote farm safety to extend the reach of community-based educational initiatives in 2016.
BASF is sponsoring and providing on-the-ground support to the National Progressive Ag Safety Days that will be conducted by CASA in more than 95 communities in nine provinces across Canada this year.
According to farm safety statistics monitored by CASA, farmers are five times more likely to be killed through occupation-related accidents than any other industry. Tragically, 47 per cent of fatalities were farmers and owner-operators and 14 per cent were children.
While the safety days are geared to children who live on farms and in rural communities, organizers hope the sessions will prompt kitchen-table discussions that will improve safety on the farm for everyone.
Since 2013, the program has grown from 69 safety days to the 95 planned this year. It is expected that 26,000 will participate this year – up from almost 17,000. It is the largest rural safety and health education program for children in Canada.
The days are concentrated between April and July and span British Columbia, the Prairie provinces, Ontario, Quebec and PEI.