Farmer dies after being struck by tractor near Geelong

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A farmer has died in hospital after being struck by a tractor at Meredith, near Geelong on Thursday night.

The 68-year-old man was undertaking maintenance on his tractor at his farm when the incident happened.

He suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital.

The man was working alone at the time of the incident.

WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams said people working alone had to take extra care to stay safe.

“When you are working by yourself, it’s vital you make sure you follow appropriate safety procedures because there’s no one to turn to if trouble strikes,” she said.

Ms. Williams said farmers, in particular, continued to be over-represented in workplace fatalities.

“Agriculture employs just 3 per cent of Victorian workers but the industry makes up almost 30 per cent of all workplace fatalities every year. Not surprisingly, most fatalities are farmers working alone.

“So if you are working alone, please take care. Safety must be your priority.”

Source: Safety Culture

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