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Bamawm farmer is ninth dead this year

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August 14, 2017

A cene from the Bamawm far where a man died after being crushed by a bull.

A BAMAWM man has become the ninth Victorian killed in an on-farm incident this year.

It is understood he was crushed against a fence by a bull he was moving.

Paramedics and emergency services, including police and SES were called to the man’s property around 3pm on Friday.

The air ambulance was called but the man died at the scene before it arrived.

Police said they were now preparing a report for the coroner.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said the emergency call had been “for a man who had been injured by a bull”.

WorkSafe Victoria investigators were sent to the property to complete an investigation.

Victorian farmers are being urged to make safety a critical part of their daily routine after a shocking six months in which nine people have died in workplace incidents on farms across the state.

Of the eight other farm-related fatalities this year:

Tractors have been involved in four deaths

Seven fatalities have involved workers aged over 40

The oldest person was 68, and the youngest was 38

The nine fatalities already equal the total number of farmers and workers killed on farms in Victoria for all of 2016.

The grim toll also makes up more than half of the 16 workplace deaths that have occurred in Victoria to date in 2017.

Speaking during last month’s Farm Safety week, WorkSafe’s health and safety executive director Marnie Williams said the horrendous 2017 toll should make everyone in agriculture think carefully about the risks involved in farm activities and plan accordingly.

“Agriculture is a high-risk industry but that should never mean fatalities and injuries are accepted as part of the job,” Ms Williams said.

“However, it makes it essential that the risks involved in every task must be planned for and the work carried out accordingly.”

Ms Williams said WorkSafe research had revealed that the majority of farm fatalities were experienced farmers doing activities they had done many times before.

“Farmers should never think that experience will prevent accidents,” Ms Williams said.

“As we see year after year, it’s often experienced farmers doing everyday tasks that fail to come home at the end of the day.

“That is why it is critical to take a few moments before the day gets underway to think about how to do each and every job safely. Any measure that could help prevent tragedy is worth it,” she said.

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