QLD: Tractor Alert Issued by Safety Watchdog

Reported by Julia | 05 Jun, 2011

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has issued an alert regarding tractor use. Injuries and deaths associated with tractors continue in rural Queensland and across Australia. In the rural Queensland for the three years from 1 July 2006 to 1 July 2009 there were seven fatalities involving tractors. There were a further two deaths involving tractors …

WA: Education Department Fined Over Student’s Injuries

Reported by Julia | 16 Sep, 2010

The Department of Education has been fined by the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after a tractor caused life-long injuries to a female student. The Department pleaded guilty to two charges under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. It was ordered to pay fines of $50,000 and costs of $6702. The case involved two …

QLD: Farmer Fined as Remotely Operated Tractor Goes Awry

Reported by Julia | 06 Sep, 2010

A Rollingstone farmer has pleaded guilty in the Townsville Industrial Magistrates Court to failing to ensure workplace safety. He was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay $3,029.10 in court costs after a worker was seriously hurt in a tractor-related incident in May 2009. The court was told the worker tried to mount the tractor when …

QLD: Man Dies as Tractor Overturns

Reported by Julia | 06 Sep, 2010

A man has died in a tractor incident on a private property at Giru in north Queensland on Friday. According to police, the 36-year-old man died at the scene just before 7am (AEST). According to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), he used a tractor to tow a trailer that was carrying a piece of …

QLD: Boy Hurt in Tractor Rollover

Reported by Julia | 21 Jul, 2010

A 13-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after being crushed by a tractor at Landsborough on Thursday. Reports said he was run over by the tractor’s front tyre in Hapgood Road at the Sunshine Coast around noon. According to a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman, the boy was conscious and breathing when emergency crews arrived at …

QLD: Man Seriously Hurt in Tractor Incident

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2010

A man has suffered serious internal injuries following a tractor incident at Japoonvale, south of Innisfail, on Wednesday. The incident happened around 12.30pm on Warrakin Road in far north England, where it is believed the 59-year-old man was run over by a tractor. He was transported to the Innisfail Hospital. Workplace Health and Safety officials …

QLD: Man Hurt in Tractor Accident

Reported by Julia | 20 Jul, 2010

A man has been taken to a hospital after being run over by a tractor on a farm near Lake Clarendon, west of Brisbane on July 13. The 73-year-old man was injured just before 4pm at his property in Lockyer Valley. He sustained broken ribs, a fractured skull, cuts to the head and abdominal injuries. …

VIC: Workplace Deaths for 2009/10 Tallied

Reported by Julia | 19 Jul, 2010

WorkSafe Victoria has announced that 26 fatalities had been recorded in the 2009/10 financial because of breaches in workplace safety. Among those who died, all but one was male – a female vineyard worker in Woori Yallock died when a falling a branch struck her during heavy storms in June. Nine deaths were reported in …

VIC: WorkSafe calls on older farmers to think of safety

Reported by Julia | 12 May, 2010

WorkSafe has stated that farmers in Victoria over 60 years old are nearly twice as likely to be killed from work-related injuries as younger farmers. In April, a 78-year-old man became the fifth farming casualty in Victoria for the year. His quad bike overturned on a steep hill at Maude, north-west of Geelong. Seven farmers …

WA: WorkSafe vs. Education Dept in Landmark Prosecution

Reported by Julia | 30 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is set to prosecute to the Department of Education following an accident at the Western Australian College of Agriculture involving a year 12 student. The 16-year-old student nearly lost her leg when it was caught in a farm equipment at the Morawa campus in the state’s mid-west three years ago. The woman was connecting …

VIC: Vineyard Worker Crushed by Tractor

Reported by Julia | 20 Mar, 2010

A grape picker has been crushed by a tractor near Geelong on Thursday. The Melbourne man was working at a Sutherlands Creek vineyard when a fruit-picking tractor rolled over him. The casual grape picker, believed to be in his 30s, suffered a punctured lung, two broken ribs, leg and abdominal injuries. He was transported to …

VIC: Tractor Accident Claims Man’s Life

Reported by Julia | 02 Mar, 2010

WorkSafe is inquiring into the death of a man whose tractor he was driving tipped over on Sunday. The man, who is in his 20s, was moving beehives at Bruarong, south of Yackandandah. The director of WorkSafe’s Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture division, Ross Pilkington, said the incident serves as a cautionary tale to tractor operators …