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Three workers die in Victoria

Posted On November 15, 2013

There have been three workplace fatalities in five days in Victoria, highlighting the need for all businesses to make safety a priority, according to WorkSafe Victoria.

In the first incident, a farmer died after his ute rolled down an embankment at Noorat, in Victoria’s South West.

In the second incident, a 71-year-old man was crushed by a grain auger on his property at Molka. It is believed an electric winch used to support the machine collapsed while he was undertaking maintenance work on it.

In the final incident, a worker died after he was struck by a falling tree branch at a Warragul property. The 36-year-old man was removing trees from the property when a branch broke off and fell on him.

WorkSafe Victoria’s health and safety operations general manager, Lisa Sturzenegger, urged those working in the agriculture industry to remain extra vigilant and to do all they can to ensure a job is carried out as safely as possible.

“We saw a spike in fatalities across the state this time last year,” she said. “These incidents highlight the dangers of working on farms and how things could go wrong for very experienced people.”

Source: sia.org.au

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