Farm worker dies after falling from truck near Geelong

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A man in his 40s has died after he fell from a truck at a farm near Geelong.

The incident happened on Wednesday morning.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, the man was loading manure into a stationary truck at an egg farm at Freshwater Creek when the incident happened.

Paramedics responded to the incident shortly before 9.20am.

The incident happened less than 24hrs after a man in his mid-50s was killed after the spreader truck he was driving rolled down a hill at Limestone, south of Yea.

Worksafe said the man was spreading lime across the top of a steep hill at about 5 pm Tuesday when the vehicle rolled.

WorkSafe is investigating both incidents.

WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, said the two fatalities were tragic and highlighted the need for every farm to prioritise safety.

“Agriculture employs just three per cent of Victorian workers but accounts for almost 30 percent of all workplace deaths,” Ms. Williams said.

“These two incidents brings to eight the number of workplace fatalities on farms this year. This is a horrendous toll and is completely unacceptable.

“Using heavy machinery and working at height are often parts of the job, but it is important that everyone involved in agriculture – employers, employees, and contractors – understand the risks associated with every task and manage them appropriately.”

The State of Victoria has recorded a total of 13 workplace fatalities this year.

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