Tuesday 28 April 2015

Day for grieving as lost Victorian workers honoured

WorkSafe Victoria today honoured Victorians who lost their lives in work-related incidents in the past 12 months.


Acting Chair John Walter and Acting Chief Executive Clare Amies joined the Minister for Finance, Robin Scott, in laying a wreath at the workers’ memorial outside Victorian Trades Hall as part of International Workers Memorial Day.

Ms Amies said that all Victorians deserved to go home safe at the end of every day, and any work related fatality was unacceptable.

“This is an important day to publically commemorate those who have lost their lives at work,” Ms Amies said.

Mr Walter said the impact of a work-related death was immeasurable.

“The consequences of a workplace fatality are devastating and our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of people who have lost their lives at work,” Mr Walter said.

“WorkSafe’s message to all Victorians is a simple one – please make workplace safety a priority.”

Ms Amies used the occasion to urge all Victorians to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths at workplaces.

“While the overall number of injuries at workplaces is declining, fatalities and serious injuries are still occurring with tragic frequency,” she said.

“I urge the entire community to ensure workplace safety does not slide down their list of priorities.

“The difference between an incident that kills or causes a minor injury is not great.

“Even for the most routine of jobs, review safety procedures and ensure risks are eliminated. Please do it today, because it may be too late tomorrow.”

In the 12 months to 28 April 2015, there have been 20 workplace fatalities. Three have been recorded so far in 2015.

Guidance for employers and workers about workplace health and safety is available online at worksafe.vic.gov.au or call WorkSafe’s advisory service on 1800 136 089.

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Twenty pairs of shoes outside Victorian Trades Hall on International Workers Memorial Day represent the Victorian workplace fatalities recorded since 28 April 2014


Fatalities since 28 April 2014

May 2014

  • A 22-year-old man was electrocuted while tree lopping near overhead power lines.
  • A 73-year-old painter died after falling from a ladder.
  • A 42-year-old man was crushed when run over by a trailer being loaded on to a ship.

June 2014

  • A 30-year-old carpenter was crushed when a brick wall collapsed onto him.

July 2014

  • A 42-year-old man died when a 100kg hot cast fell through the windscreen of his bobcat and set the cabin on fire.
  • A 45-year-old contractor struck on the head by a drilling rig 10 months ago died of his injuries.

August 2014

  • A 45-year-old man who was stacking flattened cardboard boxes was crushed when the cable connecting the stacker to the winch snapped.

September 2014

  • A 12-year-old boy helping his father round up cows died when the quad bike he was riding rolled on top of him.
  • A 53-year-old subcontractor was found at the bottom of a silo caught up in the screw conveyor.

October 2014

  • A 28-year-old male farm worker was crushed when a silo collapsed onto him.

November 2014

  • A 27-year-old man died after being bitten by a tiger snake while hand weeding.
  • A 79-year-old retired farmer died when a tractor rolled backwards and trapped him underneath.
  • A 15-year-old boy died when the forklift he was operating rolled over.
  • A 58-year-old male contractor fell about 13 metres onto a concrete floor after stepping onto corroded roof sheeting.

December 2014

  • A nine-month-old baby died when he was struck by a forklift.
  • A 59-year-old farmer died when the quad bike she was riding rolled down an embankment.
  • A 63-year old contractor died after being struck by a tractor.

February 2015

  • A 41-year-old builder died after falling off a house extension.

March 2015

  • A 19-year-old man died when a trench he was working in collapsed.

April 2015

  • A 60-year-old driver died when the garbage truck he was operating moved forward and crushed him against a power pole.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Mike Lagastes: 9641 1410, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Fawcett: 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.