Two work-related fatalities in one day

A delivery truck driver and farmer died on Thursday in separate incidents in Victoria.

The truck driver was killed when he was run over by his truck at a storage depot in Tullamarine.

The farmer was struck by a tractor he was undertaking maintenance work on at his farm last night at Meredith, near Geelong, and died later in the hospital due to his head injuries.

Both men were working alone when the incident happened.

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

“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.”

Ms. Williams said safety should always be a top priority for farm workers.

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

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

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