The Western Producer is a Western-Canada farming newspaper with articles on all kinds of things: livestock exhibitions, commodity price forecasts, weather, resistant crop varietals, recipes, and even health and safety on the farm. A recent issue had the image above as a front cover. Â Notice anything?
Health and Safety folks will probably notice that this includes a person standing on the top of a step ladder and probably some other more minor contraventions of ‘best practice’. Â However, the most glaring thing is the unattended toddler wandering through an active industrial worksite. Â No one would feel comfortable with this kid in a steel mill or a construction site, but somehow aÂ barn or Quonset makes it feel ‘homey’ and ‘rustic’ and somehow ok. Unfortunately, farming environments have a huge risk of injury (even compared to steel mills and construction sites!), and kids under 7 are at the highest risk. Â Now that you know that, does the picture seem cute or just unsettling?