Friday, 20 March 2015

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

March 15-21, 2015 marks Canadian Agricultural Safety Week presented by Farm Credit Canada. The purpose of this campaign is to educate and empower producers and their families on the importance of practising safe agriculture. According to the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) every year Canada mourns the loss of about 100 adults and 12 children due to agricultural fatalities. CASA’s role is to mend the gap between how safe farmers believe they behave and what is actually occurring.

Here are 5 steps to prevent injuries (courtesy of Workplace Safety and Prevention Services)

1. Recognize the hazards. Agricultural operations involve a lot of moving parts to get the job done. This includes machinery, related equipment, moving vehicles etc. Identifying, assessing and managing hazards will help prevent injuries, and protect your operation from disruption and loss.

2. Maintain, operate and repair equipment properly and safely. Follow manufactures specifications, keep everything in prime running order, use proper safety equipment and make sure everyone is up to date on training.

3. Ensure supervisors and workers have the expertise and skills needed to do their jobs. Under the act, supervisors are responsible for

    • Ensuring a safe workplace and assigning safe work
    • Providing training and information
    • Supervising workers

4. Use the right equipment for the job. Machines are carefully engineered to eliminate hazards related to tipping, rolling, over falling etc. Employers who “jerry-rig” the equipment are exposing their workers to hazards and compromise the integrity of the equipment.

5. If you have to change the design of a hopper or any other piece of farm machinery, involve an engineer in both the design and installation. Equipment design changes fall within the practice of professional engineering. In Ontario, section 12(1) of the Professional Engineers Act requires that this work be done by a holder of a licence, a temporary licence or a limited licence. Under section 12(3) (b) of the act, this work may also be done by an unlicensed individual who has a licence holder assume responsibility for the engineering work.

For more information check out the resources below!
Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Spring Tips from Roma Fence

Although it may see like we will never thaw out, the days are getting longer, the sunshine is getting warmer and spring is finally within reach! After many dark, cold months spring is a welcome change. However with all the new life and bright sunlight, the damage of a harsh winter is magnified. Here are some key areas to inspect when spring cleanup time arrives:

1. Inspect concrete around posts for damage, any cracks caused from frost should be fixed right away to maintain the integrity of the posts.

2. Clean all debris from around the fence such as a buildup of fallen leaves and dead weeds; this will help prevent rotting.

3. Check your fence for any screws and nails that may have been pushed out due to the frost; they can be a safety hazard for both children and pets and will also compromise the integrity of your fence.

4. Replace any cracked boards, and look for any knots that have created weak spots.

5. Power wash and scrub your fence to remove any dirt and grime; this will remove any mold and minimize the chances of your fence rotting out.

6. Now is also a great time to paint, stain or reseal your fence; doing so will give the fence an extra layer of protection from drying out and warping.
We highly recommend including your fence in a spring cleanup. Be sure to spot and fix any issues quickly, doing so will greatly extend the life of your fence, keeping your family and loved ones safe and secure.

We would be more than happy to help you with a spring inspection. Please call a location near you for more information!


Roma Fence Brampton: 416-798-7566Roma Fence West (Milton) 905-875-2801Roma Fence East (Gormley) 416-213-7270Roma Fence (Hamilton) 905-574-7662