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Agriculture Initiative

The Agriculture Initiative was developed through examination of claims data and identification of work activities with the highest potential for causing serious injury. The initiative focuses prevention activities on identified areas of high risk in order to apply resources and effort where they will be most effective.

Our goals

The 2018–2020 Agriculture Initiative is designed to prevent injury, particularly fatal or serious injuries, in the top exposure categories in the agriculture subsector.

The main serious accident types in agriculture are identified as:

  • Caught in or struck by machinery or conveyors or metal items
  • Falls from elevation including falls from ladders, animals, and non-moving equipment
  • Motorized non-road vehicles and machinery incidents
  • Slips, trips, and loss of balance

Our focus

The primary approach for the initiative includes targeted inspections across the agriculture subsector, focusing on hazards related to the following areas:

  • Struck by (animals, materials, products, equipment, machinery, etc.)
  • Falls from elevation (ladders, work platforms, lofts, elevated storage areas, lack of safe access, floor openings, missing or inadequate guardrails, roof structures, etc.)
  • Falls on the same elevation (slipping and tripping hazards, accumulations of waste materials, manure pits, etc.)
  • Identification of and access to confined spaces and other hazardous locations (e.g., manure storage)
  • Informal and formal health and safety programs (including training records)
  • Documented new and young worker training (including seasonal workers)
  • Tractor safety (ROPS, seat belts, PTOs)
  • Equipment and machine safeguarding and lockout
  • Storage and use of pesticides and other chemicals

Other inspections will include:

  • Roadside inspections of farm labour transport vehicles
  • Re-inspection of mushroom composting sites to ensure exposure control plans continue to be effective
  • Confirmation of greenhouse pipe rail trolley engineering and CO exposure control plans
  • Partnering with federal agencies and the Mexican Consulate to increase health and safety awareness through coordinated inspections and outreach activities (in relation to the federal Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program)

What employers can do

Our Agriculture pages provide resources and information on how to understand and address some of the health and safety issues we’ll be focusing on with our inspections and initiatives.