Agricultural deaths are preventable, says migrant advocacy group

On September 23, a 30-year-old farm worker from Woolmer, Ontario was crushed to death on the job. That happened almost two weeks after agricultural workers Paul Roach and Ralston White suffocated to death when they inhaled fumes while cleaning a tank. The pump wasn’t working in the tank so one of the workers was forced to go into the tank to make the necessary repairs. He died of environmental suffocation. When the second man went into the tank to help his comrade, he died too. Ten years ago, three Mennonite agricultural workers entered a manure tank and died a similar death to Roach and White. Yet little has been done by the Ministry of Labour to prevent similar occurrences. Migrant worker rights activists are still waiting for inquests. Still waiting for snap safety inspections and health and safety protection for workers.

Agricultural deaths are preventable, says migrant advocacy group | rabble.ca

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