Bachmann Farms is B.C.’s #AgSafetyChamp of the year

April 19, 2017

Bachmann Farms won AgSafe’s 2016 Champion of Agriculture Award for putting safety first on their dairy farm in Pitt Meadows, B.C. 

Photo of the AgSafetyChamp of the year for 2016

Photo credit: Emily Kerr, AgSafe

Joe and Andy Bachmann won the 2016 Champion of Agriculture Award for putting safety first on their Pitt Meadows dairy farm.

AgSafe presented the award to Bachmann Farms at the BC Agriculture Council Agri-Food Industry Gala on January 25, after a year-long safety awareness campaign on social media. I wrote about it in my post Do you know an agriculture safety champion?.

The purpose of the campaign was to highlight the efforts of those who are making safety a priority on large or small farms, ranches, vineyards, or retail garden centres. People took part by sharing safety tips with photos of themselves on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #AgSafetyChamp.

“We received a lot good safety tips from all sectors, and people of all ages who had different responsibilities in their workplace. The campaign was also an opportunity for people to ask us questions about workplace safety,” says Wendy Bennett, AgSafe’s executive director.

Altogether, people shared 138 tips, and each person was entered into a monthly draw for a $50 gas card. The Bachmann brothers won the grand prize for their tip “Every worker and contractor that comes on site must attend a safety meeting,” and for their exceptional commitment to safety.

AgSafe safety advisor Emily Kerr describes their dedication.

“They have such a good attitude about it. They genuinely care and it’s amazing,” she says. “In January, every year, they’d call us out and get us to make a list and then they just do whatever’s on the list. They’re 100 percent open. They haven’t said no to anything.”

Other #AgSafetyChamp tips included:

  • “Routine maintenance is essential to keep equipment safe and functional.”
  • “Identify your confined spaces and stay out!”
  • “Wear the right PPE for the job.”
  • “Ask AgSafe for help.”

Congratulations to the Bachmann brothers and thanks to AgSafe for all the details.

Video: Safety leaders inspire students in trades program

April 12, 2017

This video shows how two occupational safety officers inspire and educate students in the Women in Trades Training program at Okanagan College. 

Photo of women in trades course

Photo credit: WorkSafeBC/Khalid Hawe

“They were women in trades before it was very friendly for women in trades.”

Now they’re occupational safety officers at WorkSafeBC, inspiring and helping to educate students in the Women in Trades Training program at Okanagan College. The opening comment, above, is from program administrator Nancy Darling. She and her team at Okanagan are working to increase the number of female apprentices in B.C. and address some of the barriers to women entering skilled trades.

The two officers talk about sharing their own experiences of working in trades with students, and about the reasons they are so passionate about providing health and safety information on subjects like bullying and harassment, and hazards faced by young and new workers — who tend to be more at risk than workers in other age groups due to inexperience, inadequate training, and uncertainty about their rights and responsibilities. The officers want to help make sure the students know how to keep themselves and others safe on the job.

“Be the one to step forward”

The moment in this video that stood out most for me was when a student talks about being the one to speak up when you see unsafe work. This takes courage, especially for young people, who often want to please their employer and not make waves. All workers, but especially those who are young or new to the job, need to know that standing up for safety is more important than obeying the boss.

“Maybe everyone else in the work crew is feeling unsafe about it too, so you can be the one to step forward and say ‘This is an unsafe act,’” says the student.

The video is less than 5 minutes long and well worth a watch.

Bachmann Farms is B.C.’s #AgSafetyChamp of the year

Bachmann Farms won AgSafe’s 2016 Champion of Agriculture Award for putting safety first on their dairy farm in Pitt Meadows, B.C.  Joe and Andy Bachmann won the 2016 Champion of Agriculture Award for putting safety first on their Pitt Meadows dairy farm. AgSafe presented the award to Bachmann Farms at the BC Agriculture Council Agri-Food […]

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