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While the agriculture sector has improved its safety performance over the years — from an injury rate of 3.6 in 2002 to a rate of 2.3 in 2011 — there are still concerns in this industry.
The multiple deaths and serious injuries to agricultural workers on a highway and at a mushroom composting operation exemplify the importance of health and safety obligations. Following a Coroner’s Inquest (May 2012) into the deaths of three workers and permanent injuries of two others, WorkSafeBC and the Farm and Ranch Health and Safety Association (FARSHA) have commenced work on the jury’s recommendations. This information can be accessed through the following links: