Forklift operator crushed by falling bags of feed


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A tragic incident at a Melbourne warehouse has resulted in the death of a 63-year-old forklift operator, sparking a WorkSafe investigation into workplace safety practices.

Details of the Incident

The accident occurred in Tottenham, Melbourne, where the forklift operator was attempting to repair a ripped bag of animal feed. During the repair process, three one-tonne bags that were stacked above him unexpectedly fell, crushing him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Current Status and Company Response

The incident has prompted an immediate investigation by WorkSafe to determine the cause and to assess the safety measures in place at the warehouse. The company involved has not yet released a statement regarding the accident.

Investigation and Safety Measures

WorkSafe’s investigation will look into possible breaches of workplace safety protocols and the adequacy of training and emergency response procedures. This incident highlights the critical importance of securing stacked materials and ensuring that all workers are adequately trained in safety practices.

Authorities’ Reaction

This accident adds to a concerning statistic, as it marks the 15th workplace fatality in Victoria in 2024. Authorities are urging businesses to reinforce safety measures to prevent such tragedies.

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