Tractor accidents claim three farmers in eight days

Three Victorian farmers have died in workplace accidents involving tractors in just eight days. Source: The Age

A 53-year-old man died after a tractor ran over him at a Yarra Valley winery as he was harvesting grapes on the Wandin East property.

A second farmer, a man, 47, died in hospital on Thursday after suffering serious injuries in an accident involving a tractor at Myrrhee, about 50 kilometres south of Wangaratta.

The deaths follow a 68-year-old farmer being struck by a tractor on at his farm at Meredith, near Geelong.

The man, who suffered serious head injuries, later died later in hospital.

WorkSafe director Marnie Williams called the three deaths “alarming”.

Ms Williams said farmers must be provided with appropriate training and instruction to ensure their safety, especially during busy times such as the current grape harvest.

“This includes all workers, whether they are full-time, part-time or casually employed,” she said.

WorkSafe is investigating each of the deaths.