Recent quad bike fatality brings the number of Victorian workplace deaths to 19

A farmer died after a quad bike he was operating rolled over at a farm in Hesket, about 80 km. north of Melbourne.

The man in his late 60s is believed to have been herding sheep in a laneway on Thursday at about 6pm when the incident happened. He was found dead on Friday morning.

The fatality brings the number of Victorian workplace deaths to 19 for this year so far. There were 24 quad bike-related fatalities for the same period in 2016.

Ten of the deaths so far this year have occurred in farms.

“One of many reasons farmers are at risk is because they often work alone, and if no one knows where they are on the property or what they are doing, no one can get help if something goes wrong,” said WorkSafe Director of Operations and Emergency Management, Phil Grimson.

“While working alone is unavoidable at times, we urge farmers to plan their day so that they can let people know what they will be doing and where. And, just as importantly, stay in touch throughout the day.”

Farmers and agricultural workers made up just 3 percent of the Victorian workforce but made up 30 percent, on average of workplace fatalities every year.

Agriculture is currently accounting for over 50 percent of 2017 workplace fatalities.

“That’s why it is critical that farmers take a few moments before the day gets underway to think about how to do each and every job safely,” said Mr. Grimson.

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