Make a Commitment to Your Far
This March, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture is celebrating Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW). This is the second year of the “Be an AgSafe Family” theme. In 2017, CASW is “Appealing to Adults”. What does that mean? Appealing to Adults? Well, statistics tell us that each year approximately 85 Canadians are killed in an agriculture-related incident. These statistics, made available through the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting, give us a snapshot of what’s killing our farmers. Runovers, rollovers and being pinned or struck are the top way Canadians are dying on farms. What does a death of a farmer mean? How does this impact the farm? The family? The community? The nation? First of all, the death of a family member is horrific. The world stops. Grief, anger, and sadness all set in. Hearts are broken and relationships are ended in an instant. This is the real emotional impact of the loss. For your family, your death means losing a little of themselves. It means missing those big moments. Weddings, births and graduations. It also means missing those little moments. Morning coffee around the kitchen table, truck rides to check the crops, and laughter around a bonfire. The emotional impact of a death due to a farm-related incident has real consequences for the people left behind. Second, to your farm, your death could mean the end of your operation. Dollar-wise, the estimated economic impact to the farm is around $275,000. Can your farm absorb that kind of economic impact? Do you have almost $300k in the bank, in cash, to cover the cost of your death? Then what? Do you have a plan in place in case the unthinkable happens? Who takes your crop off? Who fixes your machines? Who plans the future of your farm? The cost of a death due to an agriculture-related incident doesn’t stop there at the gates of the farm.