Friday 03 July 2015

Track rider dies after fall

A woman track rider died after a fall from a horse at Caulfield racecourse on Wednesday morning.

The woman, 25, was riding the horse around the track at about 5.20am when she was either thrown or fell from her mount.  She was found unconscious and taken to the Alfred Hospital but died soon after.

WorkSafe is investigating.

It is the second workplace fatality this week, following the death of a man who was crushed by a commercial oven being unloaded from a truck in Pakenham on Monday.

The woman’s death takes the number of confirmed workplace fatalities in Victoria this year to eight, compared to 10 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 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.