Tuesday 08 May 2018

Farmer dies after being struck by trailer

A man in his 70s has died after being run over by a trailer at a property near Ouyen.

 

It is believed the man was standing alongside the moving trailer, feeding hay to sheep when he was knocked to the ground about 9.30pm on Monday.

 

The trailer was attached to a ute.

 

WorkSafe is investigating.

 

The fatality brings the number of confirmed workplace deaths this year to ten, and is the sixth to occur on a farm.

 

 WorkSafe Acting Executive Director Health and Safety Paul Fowler once again urged farmers to put safety first.

 

"Tragically, many on-farm fatalities involve people doing tasks they have done many times before, but experience doesn't prevent injuries or deaths," he said.

 

"WorkSafe is urging farmers to think about the tasks they do each day and whether they can be carried out more safely, for their own sake and the sake of their loved ones."

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Kathleen O'Dwyer: 0435 409 975, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Murphy: 0481 906 487, 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.