June 7, 2016 – Winnipeg, MB: The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is pleased to announce that Crop Production Services (CPS), the retail subsidiary of Agrium Inc., has committed $80,000 to the Grain Safety Program.
Across Canada, the number of people being trapped in grain is on the rise. The Grain Safety Program is intended to address this issue. At the heart of the program is the building of a mobile demonstration unit that can function as both an education and training tool.
“This program is about saving lives,” says Marcel Hacault, Executive Director of CASA. “The mobile unit will be used to raise awareness about the hazards of moving grain. It will also be available for training first responders in rescue techniques and by larger farms to develop customized emergency procedures.”
CPS becomes the latest donor to the Grain Safety Program. In 2015, CPS granted $20,000 to CASA’s charitable arm, the FarmSafe Foundation. Starting in 2016, CPS has committed an additional $20,000 each year to the Grain Safety Program, for the next three years.
”Safety is part of our culture at CPS,” adds Kevin Helash, Managing Director of Agrium Retail Canada. “We are extremely pleased to be able to extend our commitment into the industry by enabling both preventative education as well as rescue tools to those involved in grain production and handling.”
The goal is to have the mobile demonstration unit and the supporting programming ready for November 2016. For more information about the Grain Safety Program, please contact CASA at 877-452-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, their families and agricultural workers. CASA is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative and receives additional support from the agricultural and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.casa-acsa.ca, find us on Facebook or LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @planfarmsafety.
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