Slowing things down and talking them out are critical to farm safety.
© Justin Crann
Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan's minister of agriculture
This is the message Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan's minister of agriculture, wants to convey during Agricultural Safety Week.
"It's dangerous (work). Farmers and rangers tend to have more work to do than they can actually get done in the time they have to do it. They're very busy, particularly at certain times of year," said Stewart. "We're getting into one of those times now with calving going on and preparations for spring seeding."
To counter the risks that come with rushing through a task, "we just urge caution and to talk to the people who work with you on your farm or ranch about safety … just make sure everybody slows down enough to think about what they're doing," he said.
On average, 14 people are killed on Saskatchewan farms every year, said Stewart.
"Many dozens" are injured, he added.
"That's very high. It's unacceptable," said Stewart. "We just urge people to think about what they're doing."