A stock agent has been trampled to death by a cow in northern Victoria.
WorkSafe Victoria said the man, in his late 50s, was struck while drafting cattle in stockyards on the property at Georges Creek near Tallangatta, southeast of Albury Wodonga, about 9am on Thursday morning.
He is the second stock agent to be killed in Victoria in less than a month, after a man was crushed by a bull at Dunkeld in the state’s west on December 15.
WorkSafe’s Acting Head of Operations and Emergency Management, Trevor Butler, said the fatality was a grim reminder to members of the farming community to make safety a priority.
“Fourteen people working in agriculture lost their lives in workplace incidents last year, and to have another tragedy so early in the new year is horrifying,” Mr Butler said.
“It is a stark warning to everyone in the farming community that safety must be a critical part of everything they do.”
Mr Butler said Victorian farms were the most dangerous workplaces in the state.
“Year after year we see experienced farmers doing everyday tasks they have done many times before who are getting injured and killed,” Mr Butler said.
“WorkSafe wants the farming community to make safety their number one priority, so talk about it every day because it could be a conversation that saves your life, or that of a loved one.”