Tuesday 04 June 2013

WorkSafe investigates first farm fatality

WorkSafe is investigating Victoria’s first workplace farm fatality for the year following the death of a worker in Elphinstone on Sunday.

It’s believed the 34-year-old farm worker was fatally crushed after the tractor he was using to tow a bogged vehicle tipped backwards. 

WorkSafe Regional Director, Adam Rogers said the incident was a tragedy.

“Everyone deserves to go home at the end of the day and sadly, this wasn’t the case for a worker who started his day like any other day. Our condolences go out to the man’s family and friends.”

Mr Rogers said while the investigation into the incident had just commenced, it served as a reminder of the importance of operating tractors and all equipment in a safe manner.

“While tractors are used on thousands of farms across the state, it’s essential those operating them are aware of the risks and the consequences when using this type of equipment,” he said.

“Employers should conduct a risk assessment and take into consideration the environment and conditions in which the machine is working in.”

Further guidance on the safe use of tractors can be found by visiting:

http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/forms-and-publications/forms-and-publications/tractors-and-machinery

The fatality brings this year’s workplace toll to nine.

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.