What Are My Legal Obligations For Health And Safety?
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Agriculture is one of Canada’s top employers, accounting for more than 2.3 million jobs. It is also one of the top three most hazardous industries in the country. Every year, Canada mourns the loss of about 100 adults and 12 children due to agricultural fatalities.
Anyone who works on, visits, or lives on a farm is at risk. Unsafe work practices can greatly increase injuries, lost productivity, and costly liability claims on your farm. In addition to the human cost of these workplace accidents, there is also a high financial cost; a hospitalized worker costs a farm an average of $10,000.
The goal of a health and safety program is to encourage everyone who works on or visits the farm to actively protect themselves and others from injury or illness. As a farm manager or owner, it’s up to you to ensure that everyone has the knowledge and skills to prevent injuries and fatalities on the job. This module provides information and tools to help you achieve the highest safety standards on your farm.