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Did you
know?

In 2019, the number one injury in agriculture in Alberta causing lost time was falls.

Did you
know?

In 2019, the number one injury in agriculture in Alberta causing lost time was falls.

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Fall from Heights

Risk zones: Bins & storage structures, roof edges, fragile roofs, haylofts, ladders, work platforms, scaffolds, tractors, tandem axle trucks, other equipment, any area with unguarded edges

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Not using fall protection
  • Not using three points of contact
  • Wearing slippery footwear
  • Using damaged ladders or platforms

What Can Result: Broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, psychological trauma, death

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Fall from Heights

Risk zones: Bins & storage structures, roof edges, fragile roofs, haylofts, ladders, work platforms, scaffolds, tractors, tandem axle trucks, other equipment, any area with unguarded edges.

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Not using fall protection
  • Not using three points of contact
  • Wearing slippery footwear
  • Using damaged ladders or platforms

What Can Result: Broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, psychological trauma, death.

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Air Quality

Risk zones: Bins, silos, storage buildings, pits, barns, digesters, root cellars, chemical storage areas, holding tanks, wells

Hazardous Conditions: 

  • Areas where mould is present
  • Areas where dried feces are airborne
  • Areas where decomposing plant matter or manure can produce dangerous gases
  • Areas where mists, residue, etc. from hazardous chemicals are present
  • Confined spaces where rusting metal or bacteria/fungi growth has used all of the available oxygen
  • Areas where exhaust/incomplete combustion of fuels results in a build up of carbon monoxide
  • Any area with exposure to welding gases

What Can Result: Asphyxiation, poisoning, acute and chronic respiratory diseases, viral & bacterial infections, brain damage, organ damage, cancer, nervous system damage, birth defects, fires or explosions, death

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Air Quality

Risk zones: Bins, silos, storage buildings, pits, barns, digesters, root cellars, chemical storage areas, holding tanks, wells

Hazardous Conditions: 

  • Areas where mould is present
  • Areas where dried feces are airborne
  • Areas where decomposing plant matter or manure can produce dangerous gases
  • Areas where mists, residue, etc. from hazardous chemicals are present
  • Confined spaces where rusting metal or bacteria/fungi growth has used all of the available oxygen
  • Areas where exhaust/incomplete combustion of fuels results in a build up of carbon monoxide
  • Any area with exposure to welding gases

What Can Result: Asphyxiation, poisoning, acute and chronic respiratory diseases, viral & bacterial infections, brain damage, organ damage, cancer, nervous system damage, birth defects, fires or explosions, death

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Roll Overs/Run Overs

Risk zones: Public & private roads, farmyards, fields

Hazard Acts: 

  • Driving too close to ditches or embankments
  • Driving on terrain with unexpected mounds or dips
  • Travelling with heavy loads on a front-end loader
  • Pulling heavy loads that are hitched higher than the drawbar
  • Overloading the drawbar
  • Turning on a steep slope
  • Driving too fast into curves and when turning or when pulling rear-mounted equipment
  • Pulling a load that is not balanced or not properly secured

What Can Result: Broken bones, fractures, internal injuries, spinal injuries, compartment syndrome, lacerations, nerve injuries, psychological trauma, death

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Roll Overs/Run Overs

Risk zones: Public & private roads, farmyards, fields

Hazard Acts: 

  • Driving too close to ditches or embankments
  • Driving on terrain with unexpected mounds or dips
  • Travelling with heavy loads on a front-end loader
  • Pulling heavy loads that are hitched higher than the drawbar
  • Overloading the drawbar
  • Turning on a steep slope
  • Driving too fast into curves and when turning or when pulling rear-mounted equipment
  • Pulling a load that is not balanced or not properly secured

What Can Result: Broken bones, fractures, internal injuries, spinal injuries, compartment syndrome, lacerations, nerve injuries, psychological trauma, death

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Machinery and Moving Parts

Risk Zones: Public roads, highways, private roads, farmyards, fields

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Operating equipment while fatigued
  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Driving aggressively
  • Travelling in poor weather and road conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while there are animals on the road

What Can Result: Broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, lacerations, psychological trauma, death.

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Machinery and Moving Parts

Risk Zones: Public roads, highways, private roads, farmyards, fields

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Operating equipment while fatigued
  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Driving aggressively
  • Travelling in poor weather and road conditions
  • Tailgating
  • Driving while there are animals on the road

What Can Result: Broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, lacerations, psychological trauma, death.

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Energy Isolation

Risk zones: Farmyards, buildings/structures, shops, equipment, machinery

Energy types: Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, radiation, gravitational & mechanical energy

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Not de-energizing or locking out circuits or systems prior to performing repairs or maintenance
  • Making adjustments or repairs to tools or machines without disengaging the power
  • Not blocking all parts before working on or under them
  • Not relieving pressure from hydraulic lines before starting work
  • Leaving tractor forks/buckets raised after use

What Can Result: Electrocution, entrapment, amputation, crush injuries, death, burns, lacerations, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal injuries, compartment syndrome, nerve injuries, chemical injuries ranging from acute to chronic and mild to severe

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Energy Isolation

Risk zones: Farmyards, buildings/structures, shops, equipment, machinery

Energy types: Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, radiation, gravitational & mechanical energy

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Not de-energizing or locking out circuits or systems prior to performing repairs or maintenance
  • Making adjustments or repairs to tools or machines without disengaging the power
  • Not blocking all parts before working on or under them
  • Not relieving pressure from hydraulic lines before starting work
  • Leaving tractor forks/buckets raised after use

What Can Result: Electrocution, entrapment, amputation, crush injuries, death, burns, lacerations, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal injuries, compartment syndrome, nerve injuries, chemical injuries ranging from acute to chronic and mild to severe

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Remote Work

Risk Zones: Anytime/anywhere someone is working alone and without readily available assistance in case of an injury, illness or emergency, in fields or vehicles traveling alone, in isolated structures away from others

Hazardous Acts & Conditions: 

  • Vehicle, ATV or equipment incidents
  • Medical events
  • Animal attacks
  • Vehicle fires
  • Violent people
  • Events requiring immediate assistance from other individuals or emergency services (Police/Fire/EMS)

What Can Result: Permanent damage to various body parts or systems, loss of limbs, death

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CONTROLLING THE RISK OF WORKING ALONE

HIGH RISK: Working alone without a means of emergency communication or working alone emergency procedure

MEDIUM RISK: Working alone, but having a means of emergency communication and a working alone emergency procedure

LOW RISK: Working alone, but staying the same general areas as others and maintaining constant communication

GOLDEN HOUR: The first hour after a traumatic injury occurs. This is considered the most critical time period following an injury where if emergency treatment is received, it is more likely to lead to a successful outcome.

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Remote Work

Risk Zones: Anytime/anywhere someone is working alone and without readily available assistance in case of an injury, illness or emergency, in fields or vehicles traveling alone, in isolated structures away from others

Hazardous Acts & Conditions: 

  • Vehicle, ATV or equipment incidents
  • Medical events
  • Animal attacks
  • Vehicle fires
  • Violent people
  • Events requiring immediate assistance from other individuals or emergency services (Police/Fire/EMS)

What Can Result: Permanent damage to various body parts or systems, loss of limbs, death

More

CONTROLLING THE RISK OF WORKING ALONE

HIGH RISK: Working alone without a means of emergency communication or working alone emergency procedure

MEDIUM RISK: Working alone, but having a means of emergency communication and a working alone emergency procedure

LOW RISK: Working alone, but staying the same general areas as others and maintaining constant communication

GOLDEN HOUR: The first hour after a traumatic injury occurs. This is considered the most critical time period following an injury where if emergency treatment is received, it is more likely to lead to a successful outcome.

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Safe & Secure Loads

Where: Public roads, highways, private roads, farmyards, fields

Hazardous Conditions: 

  • Unsecured loads
  • Improperly secured load
  • Unbalanced loads
  • Damaged chains or straps

What Can Result: Lost load striking person or vehicle, shifting or falling load causing vehicle rollover, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal injuries, compartment syndrome, lacerations, nerve injuries, psychological trauma, death

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Safe & Secure Loads

Where: Public roads, highways, private roads, farmyards, fields

Hazardous Conditions: 

  • Unsecured loads
  • Improperly secured load
  • Unbalanced loads
  • Damaged chains or straps

What Can Result: Lost load striking person or vehicle, shifting or falling load causing vehicle rollover, broken bones, internal injuries, spinal injuries, compartment syndrome, lacerations, nerve injuries, psychological trauma, death

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Did you
know?

AgSafe Alberta is a non-profit organization led by 26 crop and livestock producer groups.

Did you
know?

AgSafe Alberta is a non-profit organization led by 26 crop and livestock producer groups.

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Chemical Exposure

Where: Chemical storage cabinets, shops, herbicide/pesticide/fungicide handling areas (i.e., field or ditch), fuel storage tanks, areas for cleaning and disinfecting animals, areas for sanitizing equipment

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Improperly prepping pesticides, herbicides & fungicide applications
  • Cleaning equipment without personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Spilling of fuels or solvents
  • Using chemicals in an enclosed or poorly ventilated area
  • Improperly handling veterinary chemicals

Hazardous Conditions:

  • Leaking containers
  • Using chemicals without WHMIS 2015 and farm specific chemical safety training
  • Improper storage, such as storing incompatible products together
  • Incorrect handling or use of disinfectants

What Can Result: Chemical burns, eye and tissue irritation, heavy metal poisoning, acute or chronic respiratory diseases/illness, blindness, cancer, brain damage, disfigurement, nerve damage, psychological trauma, death

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Chemical Exposure

Where: Chemical storage cabinets, shops, herbicide/pesticide/fungicide handling areas (i.e., field or ditch), fuel storage tanks, areas for cleaning and disinfecting animals, areas for sanitizing equipment

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Improperly prepping pesticides, herbicides & fungicide applications
  • Cleaning equipment without personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Spilling of fuels or solvents
  • Using chemicals in an enclosed or poorly ventilated area
  • Improperly handling veterinary chemicals

Hazardous Conditions:

  • Leaking containers
  • Using chemicals without WHMIS 2015 and farm specific chemical safety training
  • Improper storage, such as storing incompatible products together
  • Incorrect handling or use of disinfectants

What Can Result: Chemical burns, eye and tissue irritation, heavy metal poisoning, acute or chronic respiratory diseases/illness, blindness, cancer, brain damage, disfigurement, nerve damage, psychological trauma, death

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Animal Handling

Where: Barns, pens, pastures, animal handling areas

Hazardous Conditions: 

  • Staff members who are unfamiliar with the livestock type and behavior
  • Getting too close to animals or not leaving yourself an exit route
  • Handling areas with sharp edges or damaged gates
  • Slippery or uneven terrain
  • Working with animals alone

What Can Result: Exposure to zoonotic disease, infections from bites, fractured bones, blunt trauma injuries from being kicked or stepped on, pinned/crush injuries, death

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Animal Safety Basics

Animal handling safety starts with knowing that animals typical behaviour. Slow and deliberate movements are generally best. Be mindful of avoiding blind spots and kick zones. Animal behaviour can be unpredictable, so it is important to stay alert. Use extra caution when handling animals that are injured, sick or are new mothers.

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Animal Handling

Where: Barns, pens, pastures, animal handling areas

Hazardous Conditions: 

  • Staff members who are unfamiliar with the livestock type and behavior
  • Getting too close to animals or not leaving yourself an exit route
  • Handling areas with sharp edges or damaged gates
  • Slippery or uneven terrain
  • Working with animals alone

What Can Result: Exposure to zoonotic disease, infections from bites, fractured bones, blunt trauma injuries from being kicked or stepped on, pinned/crush injuries, death

More

Animal Safety Basics

Animal handling safety starts with knowing that animals typical behaviour. Slow and deliberate movements are generally best. Be mindful of avoiding blind spots and kick zones. Animal behaviour can be unpredictable, so it is important to stay alert. Use extra caution when handling animals that are injured, sick or are new mothers.

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Restricted/Confined Space

Where: Bins, silos, pits, tanks, wells, sea cans, root cellars, cisterns

Hazardous Conditions:

  • Areas with decomposing plant matter or manure producing dangerous gases
  • Exposure to mists while spraying chemicals
  • Confined spaces in which rusting metals use up the oxygen
  • Areas where exhaust fumes can enter the space
  • Spaces where welding gases are created or where hot work is performed
  • Staff members working alone or working without a rescue plan

What Can Result: Medical event inside, asphyxiation, fires, explosions, brain damage, lung damage, heart damage, entrapment, entanglement, electric shock, hearing loss, drowning, falls

More
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Restricted/Confined Space

Where: Bins, silos, pits, tanks, wells, sea cans, root cellars, cisterns

Hazardous Conditions:

  • Areas with decomposing plant matter or manure producing dangerous gases
  • Exposure to mists while spraying chemicals
  • Confined spaces in which rusting metals use up the oxygen
  • Areas where exhaust fumes can enter the space
  • Spaces where welding gases are created or where hot work is performed
  • Staff members working alone or working without a rescue plan

What Can Result: Medical event inside, asphyxiation, fires, explosions, brain damage, lung damage, heart damage, entrapment, entanglement, electric shock, hearing loss, drowning, falls

More
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Electrocution

Where/Source: Overhead powerlines, buried powerlines, damaged cords, farm buildings, automatic feeding systems, power outlets, machinery & equipment

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Digging without contacting Alberta One-Call first
  • Performing repairs on live equipment or machines
  • Not knowing or following Lock Out Tag Out procedures
  • Not following safe limit of approach distances
  • Using damaged cords or tools

What Can Result: Cardiac arrest, muscle damage, nerve damage, tissue damage, burns, falls, amputation, injuries following contact with electrical energy source, death

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Electrocution

Where/Source: Overhead powerlines, buried powerlines, damaged cords, farm buildings, automatic feeding systems, power outlets, machinery & equipment

Hazardous Acts: 

  • Digging without contacting Alberta One-Call first
  • Performing repairs on live equipment or machines
  • Not knowing or following Lock Out Tag Out procedures
  • Not following safe limit of approach distances
  • Using damaged cords or tools

What Can Result: Cardiac arrest, muscle damage, nerve damage, tissue damage, burns, falls, amputation, injuries following contact with electrical energy source, death

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