A worker has died at a dairy farm in Mooroopna, two hours north of Melbourne. The worker was understood to be the son of the operators of the dairy farm where the accident occurred.
Around 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon, the 23-year-old man was crushed when the grain silo he was working on collapsed on top of him, killing him.
WorkSafe has confirmed it is investigating and has pleaded with those in the agriculture sector to take care.
The death brings the total number of deaths in the industry in Victoria to only two less than the total number of all 2019.
Victoria has seen a horror start to the year, with more than double the number of workplace deaths at the same time last year.
WorkSafe Chief Executive Colin Radford has reminded primary producers, and all employers, to focus on safety consistently despite changing global priorities.
“Each of these deaths is a tragedy for families, co-workers and communities who are having to deal with the loss of a loved one at an already difficult time,” he said.
“While employers are spending a lot of time and energy on adapting to the crisis, they must continue to do everything they can to protect the health and wellbeing of their workers.”