Emergency services have confirmed that a 50-year-old man was killed in an industrial accident in Delacombe, near Ballarat in Victoria last week.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall spoke to the media and explained that the man was trapped in a piece of machinery while working. Two of his colleagues became alerted to the incident by the machinery’s alarm.
“There was a report of a 50-year-old worker trapped in a piece of machinery here,” Senior Sergeant Argall explained.
“When the ambulance and fire brigade arrived they found the man trapped. Once they freed the man they tried to resuscitate him but unfortunately, their best efforts couldn’t revive the male and he was pronounced deceased here in the factory.
“Police and WorkSafe are now conducting an investigation for the coroner. Part of that will be to determine whether there was some sort of fault with the machinery, whether there was some sort of medical episode.
“A report will be prepared for the coroner.”
WorkSafe Victoria has confirmed that they are investigating the incident.
Delacombe is also the site of an accident 18 months ago that killed two workers and was a major factor in introducing industrial manslaughter laws in Victoria, which came into effect this week.