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2016 Incident Summary
(Incident source: Alberta Government. Investigation Report Fatality – All-Terrain Vehicle Incident April 20, 2016. Accessed February 21, 2023 from

DescriptionInjury TypeAge RangeSectorWCB Code
Worker ejected from ATV while pushing cattleFatalityApproximately 40Not ConfirmedNot Confirmed

A worker was using an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to open/close gates and move cattle into pens. The worker would enter a pen area to get the cattle moving in the right direction, and then used the ATV to push the cattle along. At some point during the work process, the worker lost control of the ATV, was ejected from it, and suffered fatal injuries. It was noted that the worker was not wearing a helmet while operating the ATV.
ATV incidents are more common than many of us realize, and more preventable than we realize as well. For tips on how to prevent an ATV incident, check out AgSafe Alberta’s Toolbox Talk All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) General Safety, by clicking here
If you have not already registered for Dan Neenan’s webinar, ATV-UTV Safety for Women, you can do so by clicking here.
To take an ATV operator course from The Canada Safety Council, click here.

Register For Our Growing Farm Safety Webinar Series Before Time Runs Out

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ATV-UTV Safety for Women
March 8, 2023 at 1 p.m. MST
Dan Neenan
Director, National Educational Center for Ag Safety

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. Farmers are at very high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries, and farming is one of few industries in which family members (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries. ATVs and UTVs are found on all types of farms; they are useful for agricultural work, but they also pose serious hazards to operators and passengers. Studies indicate that injured ATV/UTV passengers are more commonly female and youth and that helmet use is significantly lower for passengers. The focus of the training would be on ATV/UTV maintenance and safety features, personal protective equipment (PPE), load and weight considerations, operation on public roadways, as well as employee training and considerations for working alone.

Farm Safety and Sustainability
March 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. MST
Monica Hadarits
Executive Director, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

The three pillars of each sustainability program are the 3P’s (People, Profit, Planet).  We often hear a lot of talk about the planet aspect. Join this webinar to hear more about the people side of the equation and why safety is a key component to ensuring your farm’s sustainability.

2023 Farm Machinery Entrapment & Livestock Rescue Symposium

If you are part of rural fire department, you may be interested in the Alberta Vehicle Extraction Association’s Farm Machinery Entrapment & Livestock Rescue Symposium to be held in Olds, AB, June 24-25, 2023.
Topics will include combine entrapment/extrication, tractor roll over/ entrapment, auger entrapment/impaled scenario/machinery entrapment, grain rescue and livestock rescue. For more information, visit or view the Farm X Student Information package.  

Pictures courtesy of Randy Schmitz, Alberta Vehicle Extraction Association.


Changes to First Aid Kit Requirements 

Did you know that first aid kits must meet CSA Standard Z1220-17 First aid kits for the workplace as of March 31, 2023? If you are employer with an Alberta Type P, No. 2 or No. 3 first aid kit at on your farm, you may have to add some items to it to meet these new standards. Click here to view the tables at the end of the Alberta Government’s bulletin, Change Highlights: First aid to help you find what items may need to be added to your first aid kits.

Employers Are Required to Create an Emergency Transportation Plan

As of March 31, 2023, Alberta employers are responsible for developing and implementing an emergency transportation plan. The employer does have the flexibility to choose the method of transportation, however, it must ensure the workers’ health and safety is protected during transport to a health care facility. Legislation also requires that the employer must ensure ill or injured workers are accompanied by a first aider while they are being transported to a health care facility (unless there are three or fewer workers at the work site).

For more details regarding these and other changes to First Aid in legislation, you can view the Alberta Government’s publication, Change Highlights: First aid by clicking here.


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