Wednesday 21 June 2017

Two workers die in country Victoria in less than 24 hours

Two agricultural workers have been killed in less than 24 hours in separate incidents in country Victoria.

A 55-year-old man died after the spreader truck he was driving rolled down a hill at Limestone, south of Yea, at about 5pm yesterday afternoon.

A 45-year-old man died after he fell from a stationary truck at a chicken breeding farm at Freshwater Creek near Geelong at around 9am this morning.

In the first incident, the man was spreading lime across the top of a steep hill when the vehicle rolled. The man was thrown from the cabin and crushed as the vehicle rolled down the hill.

In the second incident a man was loading manure into the truck when he fell from the vehicle.

WorkSafe is investigating both incidents.

WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said the two deaths were tragic, and highlighted the need for every farm to make safety their number one priority.

“Agriculture employs just three per cent of Victorian workers but accounts for almost 30 per cent of all workplace deaths,” Ms Williams said.

“These two incidents brings to eight the number of workplace fatalities on farms this year. This is a horrendous toll and is completely unacceptable.

“Using heavy machinery and working at height are often parts of the job, but it is important that everyone involved in agriculture - employers, employees and contractors – understand the risks associated with every task and manage them appropriately."

The two fatalities brings to 13 the total number of workplace fatalities in Victoria this year, compared with 18 at the same time last year.

For more information on farm safety and working at heights, go to www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

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 Caitlin Rode: 0434 685 577, 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.