Two people died in two separate incidents, while a third suffered life-threatening injuries on Thursday in Victoria.
A 40-year-old man died when he was struck by a kibble containing wet concrete which fell from a boom crane at a construction site in Box Hill shortly after midday. A second worker received life-threatening injuries in the incident.
“Cranes are complex, so there is a lot of careful work required to determine the cause of this tragic incident,” said WorkSafe Acting Executive Director of Health and Safety Paul Fowler.
In a separate incident, a woman died after she was run over by a prime mover loaded with an excavator at Donvale. It is believed she was hit when the truck, which was parked on an incline started to roll.
“These are horrible tragedies for the people involved, their families, workmates, and friends,” said Mr. Fowler.
“No one ever goes to work expecting they will not come home, and to see lives cut short, or permanently altered, in these circumstances is devastating.
“Our thoughts are also with the members of the emergency services and our WorkSafe inspectors and investigators who had to get on with their jobs in very difficult circumstances.”