Thursday 08 November 2012

Farmer dies at Molka

WorkSafe will return to a farm north of Euroa this morning to continue investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a farmer yesterday.

The 71-year-old man was crushed by a grain auger on his property at Molka. It is believed an electric winch used to support the machine collapsed while he was undertaking maintenance work on it.

WorkSafe was notified of the incident about 6pm.

It’s the second farm death in three days. Another farmer died on Sunday after his ute rolled down an embankment at Noorat, in Victoria’s South West.

WorkSafe Health and Safety Operations General Manager, Lisa Sturzenegger, said the incidents were a tragedy.

“The impact a fatality has on the family, friends and the communities around them is profound. Our condolences go out to the families and friends,” she said.

“These incidents highlight the dangers of working on farms and how things could go wrong for very experienced people.”

“We urge those working in the agriculture industry to remain extra vigilant and to do all they can to ensure a job is carried out as safely as possible.”

 

 

 

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rosanna Bonaccurso: 0478 305 640, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.