A man is nursing serious injuries to his leg after being crushed by an excavator in northeast Victoria, about 300 kilometres north-east of Melbourne. The man was working with his son when the incident occurred.
Reports indicate the excavator was driven over the man’s leg by his son. He was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
WorkCover is probing the Saturday morning incident.
On September 9 this year, a 25-year old mine worker died after an excavator rolled down 30 metres at an embankment in Karuah.
Safe Work Australia’s work-related injuries and fatalities on Australian farms 2013 report shows 73 400 hospitalisations occurred over the three-year period from July 2006 to June 2009. Of the 73 400 hospitalisations, 4400 (6%) had the place of occurrence of the incident reported as a farm. This is twice the proportion the Agriculture sector represents of the national workforce (3%) though it should be mentioned that a worker may have been hospitalised more than once in the three-year period.