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ArticleVolume Number March 12, 2020
Julie BaillargeonM.Sc, Agr.

« It is imperative that producers use gas detectors when they go in their silos. »

« Il faut absolument que les producteurs aient des détecteurs de gaz pour entrer dans les silos. »

This is the message shared by Marie-Antoine Roy, in a video testimonial shown at the Occupational Health and Safety Colloquium organized by Union des producteurs agricoles on February 6, 2020 in Trois-Rivières, QC. Mr. Roy is a heavy lamb producer at Malvibois and Newport sheep farm, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. « To give you a comparison, 2,500 sheep is like 250 dairy cows. On the farm, we produce at least 700 silage boxes per year so we are always in a silo for one reason or another ».

Saved by a hammer

Several years ago, Marie-Antoine almost lost his life in a silo. A hammer saved his life. He used it to break a window to get air to breathe. Their team has been equipped with gas detectors ever since. Even after a silo has been ventilated, dangerous gasses can still be present and the only way to know if they are is by using a gas detector. « It is imperative that producers use gas detectors when they go in their silos », he claimed firmly to the audience.

How can we convince you?

Marie-Antoine has been trying to find an answer to this question, since his accident. « We need to think about our children. Losing a member of the family, or an employee, it affects your business… », he reflects. For him, the solution is using a gas detector in conjunction with ventilation and a sound prevention plan. He also recommends getting proper training.

Source: Union des producteurs agricoles 

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