A farmer on a vegetable farm at Pearcedale in Melbourne’s south-east is lucky to be alive after being run over by a tractor at the weekend.
The deaths of two farmers in less than a week and the hospitalisation of two farm workers with life-threatening injuries has prompted WorkSafe to issue an urgent call for those working on farms to remain extra vigilant.
Two companies have each been fined $100,000 over a farm incident that killed a worker who was run over by a reversing tractor.
A four-year-old boy died this morning on a property at Wandella, near Kerang. WorkSafe investigators are at the scene and helping police prepare a brief for the coroner.
Farm safety has been put in the spotlight with a Werribee vegetable grower convicted and fined $80,000 after a woman was run-over by a truck reversing from a machinery shed.
A Horsham company has been fined $50,000 after a worker’s leg became entangled in an unguarded sweep auger, causing the calf muscle on his right leg to detach and lacerations requiring about 100 stitches.