This week has been proclaimed Agricultural Safety Week across Saskatchewan.
Ray Anthony is the director of occupational health and safety for the Saskatchewan government.
He says 13 people are killed on average every year in farming accidents in Saskatchewan.
“Of the 13 injuries, approximately 9 – or 75-percent – involve working around machinery,” says Anthony. “Those are grain trucks, semis, combines. Most of the serious injuries happen right in the yard. Most of those, about 14-percent, involve youth.”
Anthony says farmers should take a break when tired.
He says young people should be properly supervised when helping on the farm.
He also suggests farmers ensure all machinery guards are in place before making any repairs.