Grain safety program to provide training, increase awareness to reduce deaths

Mar 14, 2017
CPT110394011

WINNIPEG - The federal government is offering up to $375,000 for a new program to reduce deaths and injuries related to grain-handling.

The money is to go toward training for producers and first responders, awareness programs for children and a mobile demonstration unit.

In 2015, three sisters from Alberta died after they became trapped and suffocated in a dense pile of tiny canola seeds in the family grain truck.

Experts warn such grains can act like quicksand.

The safety program will be run by a non-profit group that includes representatives from the farming industry, producers and governments.

On average, 84 Canadians die each year in agriculture-related accidents — a number that has dropped by about 20 since the 1990s.

"Increased awareness, training for farmers and grain workers will help reduce grain-related injuries and fatalities on the farm," said Liberal MP MaryAnn Mihychuk, who announced the funding in Winnipeg.

INDEX: National Agriculture Politics

Latest news

Italian farmers alarmed as dry spell prompts water

ROME - Italy's farm lobby is warning that agricultural production is plummeting nationwide because of prolonged heat and dry weather — and authorities... Read More

U.S. to 'do no harm' in NAFTA: Lighthizer

OTTAWA - Donald Trump's trade czar says U.S. negotiators will take a "do-no-harm" approach to renegotiating NAFTA amid fears that altering the deal could... Read More

ICE Futures Canada prices lower

WINNIPEG - ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July '17 $1.30 lower $505.00; Nov. '17 $6.00 lower $473.40; Jan. '18 $6.10 lower $479.20; March '... Read More

Man heads to court after pigs found dead

LANGTON, Ont. - A 27-year-old Ontario man is set to appear in court Thursday near London, Ont., to answer to animal cruelty charges after more than 1,000... Read More