2006 Alberta Farm Fatalities

 
 
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Total farm related fatalities: 20

Date
Gender
Age
Type of fatality
Jan 3
M
4
Drowned in dugout after getting trapped under ice.
Jan 30
M
17
ATV collided with another ATV while moving cattle.
Victim was not wearing a helmet.
Feb 13
M
42
Entrapment in PTO of a feed auger.
Feb 16
M
75
Died of cold exposure after feeding cattle.
Feb 24
M
49
Tractor went off road. Victim was thrown from tractor
and trapped under tire.
Mar 6
F
43
Drowned in water trough after being kicked by a
horse.
May 18
M
7
Drowned in dugout.
May 19
M
54
Loading a truck onto a flatbed and was crushed
between the two.
June 18
M
32
Buried in grain silo while trying to clear bridged
grain.
June 27
M
56
Collapsed due to heat exposure while fencing.
July 3
M
58
Crushed between door of truck and door of a shed.
Victim had hooked swather to truck when it rolled
forward.
July 30
M
84
Entrapment in hay baler.
Aug 8
M
2
Drowned in irrigation canal.
Aug 15
M
72
Fell from horse.
Sept 11
M
52
Run over by combine, which was in gear . Victim
was attempting to unplug combine.
Sept 12
M
4
Run over by a bobcat. Victim was riding in the
bucket and fell out.
Sept 14
M
65
Ejected over handlebars of ATV during a cattle drive.
Victim was not wearing a helmet.
Sept 15
M
10
ATV rollover while feeding cattle. Victim was
trapped under ATV.
Sept 19
M
64
Drowned in irrigation ditch while repairing irrigation
pump.
Nov 17
M
6
Drowned in dugout while playing on the ice.
Total 20

Safety Strategies
  • Develop a farm safety plan that outlines the possible hazards for all areas of the farm. Eliminate all possible hazards and decide how to manage others such as providing personal protective gear or fencing off hazardous areas.
  • Provide a safe, fenced play area for all children and supervise closely. The working area of the farm is not a playground anymore than a construction site or other industrial area would be a play area. Fence off all manure retaining ponds and dugouts, and lock buildings containing hazardous goods.
  • Maintain all farm machinery in good working order and ensure all safety devices are in place and working properly. Guards and shields on PTO’s, augers and belts are imperative to avoid entanglements.
  • Do not work on any piece of equipment until it has been completely shut down and the key is in your pocket.
  • Commit to providing appropriate personal protective gear for all hazardous tasks on the farm. Set an example by wearing the gear in all situations.
  • Communication is key. Always tell coworkers or family where you will be working and make a commitment that all workers will be checked on every few hours. Provide cell phones or radio for emergency communication. For young, inexperienced or elderly workers, check more often.
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on February 26, 2007.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 26, 2016.