Friday 09 November 2012

Third worker dies in workplace incident in past week

A worker died after he was struck by a falling tree branch at a Warragul property yesterday afternoon.

The 36-year-old man was removing trees from the property in Armours Rd at about 5pm when a branch broke off and fell on him.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident and will return to the site today to carry out further enquiries.

The man’s death is the third workplace fatality in five days.

On Wednesday, a 71-year-old farmer was crushed by a grain auger on his property at Molka, near Euroa, and a 77-year-old farmer died last 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 recent deaths highlighted the need for all businesses to make safety a priority.

“We saw a spike in fatalities across the state this time last year,” she said.

“Christmas is just around the corner and we want every worker to get there safely."

 “The devastating consequences of a workplace incident are not only felt by the individual, but by the family, friends and the wider community and last a lifetime.”

 

 

Further Information

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