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CN contributes $500,000 to University of Saskatchewan for agricultural safety program

Canadian National Railway Co. has donated $500,000 to the University of Saskatchewan to help establish the Agricultural Injury Control Program.

To be managed by the university’s Canadian Center for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), the program aims to reduce the number of agriculture-related injuries and deaths in Canada by conducting research, and educating farm families and agricultural workers about air, food and water contamination, and adverse working conditions.

During the past 10 years, 1,200 people have died in farm-related accidents and almost 15,000 have suffered disabling injuries in Canada. CCSHA officials hope the program will help cut agriculture-related deaths 20 percent during the next five years.

CN has worked with the University of Saskatchewan to promote agricultural health and safety since the early 1990s, when it helped establish the university’s Center for Agricultural Medicine, the forerunner of the CCHSA.

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