Friday 31 March 2017

Farmer crushed in tip truck incident

A farmer has died after the tipper trailer he was operating collapsed and crushed the cabin of his prime mover. 

The incident happened on the man's property at The Cove, 20km southeast of Warrnambool, on Wednesday afternoon. 

The trailer had been backed across a road at right angles to the prime mover and then raised to release a load of crushed rock when it is believed the wheels on the driver's side of the trailer slipped off the road's edge. This caused the raised trailer to tilt sideways and collapse into the driver's side of the cabin.

The 64-year-old man died at the scene. WorkSafe is investigating. 

The death takes the number of confirmed workplace fatalities this year to eight, one more than at the same time last year.

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.