Farmer dies after being crushed by hay bale south of Adelaide


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A farmer has died after being crushed by a hay bale at Willunga Hill south of Adelaide.

It is believed the man in his 70s, using a tractor with a fork attachment on the front, was lifting a hay bale when the bale fell back onto the operator.

The incident happened on Wednesday morning.

Police and emergency services found the man trapped under a hay bale when they arrived at the scene about 9.30am.

SafeWork SA is investigating.

The incident prompted SafeWork SA to remind everyone who operates a tractor, or similar lifting equipment, about the importance of working safely with these machines.

“When working with a tractor or other lifting machinery, care should be taken to ensure that loads are secure and the risk of falling on the operator is considered and controlled,” SafeWork SA said in a statement.

“Please ensure work is carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s Rated Operating Load.

“The tractor should be fitted with a falling object protective structure to protect the operator in certain activities. In South Australia, a rollover protective structure (ROPS) is also required to be fitted to all rural mobile plant with a weight of 560kg to 15 tonne.

“If you work with tractors, read the relevant section in our Farmers’ Guidebook to work health and safety for practical guidance on managing risks related to tractors.”

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