12:57 pm, Monday 28 February, 2011
Work Safe is investigating the death of a 54-year old man in a farming accident at Forrest on Saturday.
Police said the man had been spraying bushland on his farm when the quad bike he was riding overturned.
Investigators believe the 54-year-old tried to jump clear of the vehicle as it rolled, but it landed on the man, killing him instantly.
“The bike has slipped and he has tried to jump. He has been very unlucky because it has tumbled onto him. It was such thick and rugged bushland it could have flipped anywhere but it has flipped onto him,” Sergeant Janet Gleeson said.
“We don’t know if he has hit his head when he leapt off but the fatal injuries seem to have occurred when the bike landed on him.
“There were lots of shrubs and roots in the ground so it was a freak accident that it fell towards him.
Police said the accident was made more tragic by the fact the man seemed to be doing all the right things at the time of the tragedy.
“He was doing everything right. It was in a low gear, he had safety equipment. Even his mum said he was very cautious. It is just really unfortunate,” Sgt Gleeson said.
A report on the man’s death will be prepared for the Coroner.
The death follows another incident in January when a seven-year-old boy was impaled on farming equipment in a quad bike accident west of Cape Otway.
In that incident the boy had been riding a four-wheeled motorbike on a Johanna property when the bike ran into the blade of farming equipment under a tree, leaving the boy impaled through his chest.