Workplace death

Yet another workplace death, this time in country Victoria.

Ballarat has been rocked today by the fourth workplace death in just over 18 months, coming on the same day a new industrial manslaughter bill was introduced into Victoria’s parliament.

A 50-year-old Alfredton man died when he became trapped in a machine at an industrial shed in Williamson Street, Delacombe, about 10.30am.

Once the man was released from the machine, paramedics spent 30 minutes trying to revive him but he died at the scene.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall said the Alfredton man became trapped in a machine while working and was discovered by two colleagues after they were alerted to an alarm.

“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,” Senior Sergeant Argall said.

“A report will be prepared for the coroner in due course.”

Source: The Courier

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