Two more workplace deaths under investigation


Monday, 20 March, 2017


Two separate workplace deaths are currently being investigated by WorkSafe Victoria, involving a truck driver and a farmer.

A 65-year-old delivery driver was killed when he was run over by his truck at a storage depot in Tullamarine, while a 68-year-old farmer was struck by a tractor while undertaking maintenance work on his farm near Geelong.

WorkSafe’s executive director of health and safety, Marnie Williams, said the men were working alone when the incidents happened.

“Both incidents will be thoroughly investigated, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of each man,” Williams said.

Williams said people working alone had to take particular care to stay safe.

“When you are working by yourself it’s vital you make sure you follow appropriate safety procedures, because there’s no one to turn to if trouble strikes,” she said.

Farmers in particular continue to be over-represented in workplace fatalities.

“Agriculture employs just 3% of Victorian workers, but the industry makes up almost 30% of all workplace fatalities every year. Not surprisingly, most fatalities are farmers working alone,” said Williams.

“So if you are working alone, please take care. Safety must be your priority.”

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