Two people die in separate work-related incidents

A stablehand and a carpenter have died in less than two hours in separate incidents on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old stablehand fell from a horse during a training session 9 am Tuesday at Bendigo Jockey Club. She was taking part in a barrier work when her horse suffered an injury and stumbled. The victim fell and was struck by the horse.

Soon after 10 am, a carpenter fell from the first floor of a house being built at Kalkallo and died. The carpenter was installing flooring on the first floor of a house when the incident happened.

These deaths bring to four the number of workers who have died in Victoria in less than seven days.

“Each of these deaths is a tragedy that is devastating for their families, their workmates, and their communities,” said WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams.

“It can never be acceptable that a worker does not get home safely at the end of each day. It is why employers and workers must remain vigilant, don’t take risks and put safety first.”

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