The latest fatality occurred on an almond plantation in the state's
north-west, where an 18-year old-woman died after tipping a four
wheeled farm utility vehicle on its side.
"Of the seven traumatic work-related injuries this year four have been
in the past month and of these three were on farms. All but one of the
deaths this year have been in regional Victoria," said WorkSafe's
executive director of health and safety, Ian Forsyth.
"Safety's not just about what WorkSafe does. It's about employers,
workers and the wider community taking ownership of it not just for
themselves, but the wider community."
On 2 February, a 53-year-old man was crushed by a large metal panel
that fell and hit him as a shipping container was being unloaded in
In March, a man died on a farm at Tallandoon in the state's north east
when a tractor rolled over while a teacher also drowned at Torquay
while on a school excursion.
In April, a farm worker died from crush injuries when a cow pushed him
against a wall on a farm near Inverloch, while an excavator operator
also died at Apsley when a tree he was working near fell on to the
cabin of his machine and a 94-year-old farmer also died in a quad bike
crash on his property at Hedley in South Gippsland.
During 2010, 23 Victorians died while on the job, and twelve of these
deaths were in regional Victoria, including seven people working in
Dozens more received life-threatening injuries and more than 7500
regional Victorians lodge workplace injury insurance claims each year
with many more suffering other injuries.
"It is imperative that regional Victorians, whether they are
employers, self-employed or workers to stop and think about what is
ultimately important to them and what they can do to prevent more
tragedies affecting them and their communities," said Forsyth.