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TRAGIC END TO NOVEMBER AS EIGHTH WORKER DIES

05-12-2015
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A man working at a poultry farm at Lethbridge, near Geelong in Victoria was killed after being struck by a forklift last week.

The man, aged 41, suffered a number of injuries and died at the scene.

He is the eighth worker to have died at work in November, making it the worst month for workplace fatalities in Victoria in more than a decade.

In the same month:

·       A 25-year-old refrigeration mechanic was electrocuted while doing maintenance work on an air conditioner at a factory in Braeside.

·       A 29-year-old worker was killed at a business in Keysborough when a piece of equipment fell off a forklift and crushed him.

·       A 76-year-old farmer was crushed by his tractor after it rolled over at Loch, in

South Gippsland.

·       A 64-year-old contractor died in an explosion at a housing development site at Harkaway in Melbourne's outer east.

·       A 76-year-old farm worker was electrocuted while maintenance was being carried out on a pump at a farm at Anakie, near Geelong.

WorkSafe VIC is investigating each of these incidents.

"Our figures show that since 2005, almost 25 per cent of all workplace fatalities have occurred in the final two months of the year," WorkSafe's Executive Director of Health and Safety Marnie Williams said.

"Of the 23 workplace fatalities in 2014, seven occurred in November and December, which is almost a third. "So we are asking everyone to take the time every day to plan their work safely.

"The simple fact is that every workplace fatality is preventable. If employers have the safe systems in place to protect their workers, if people stop to plan each day with safety in mind, and if everyone works together to identify and eliminate or reduce risks, then workplace fatalities can be prevented," Ms Williams said.

"The upcoming Christmas holidays should be a time of joy. It should not be a time families are mourning the loss of a loved one who has died at work." 

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