Prentice wants more research before pursuing farm safety changes

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he’s not considering putting workers on family farms under occupational health and safety rules.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he’s not considering putting workers on family farms under occupational health and safety rules.

Prentice adds it may be appropriate for workers in large, more corporate-type farming operations to be protected under labour legislation.

He says he wants to see more research and debate on the issue before taking action.

Prentice made the comments while taking questions on a CBC Radio phone-in show.

Some farm groups have demanded that Alberta match what’s being done in the rest of Canada and lift occupational health and safety exemptions on farm workers.

More than 470 farm labourers have died on the job in Alberta in the last three decades.

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