Wednesday, April 30, 2008

No Plans to Enforce Farm Safety in Alberta

Jeremy Loome of the Edmonton Sun reported that Alberta's agriculture minister has no plans to enforce farm safety. The minister will not institute safety rules on small or large corporate farms because he claims they will not work and the agriculture community doesn't want them. He plans to focus on education to promote safe practices. All farms in Alberta are exempt from occupational health and safety regulations. According to the opposition Alberta, farm workers are five times more likely to die in an accident than workers in other industries. Canada isn't exactly an "emerging economy" but it is an interesting case study for education without regulation.

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