Victim

Mick Morcom, 61

Incident

Fatal strike by an auger while cleaning seed

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Introduction

Mick Morcom, a well-regarded farmer from Wimmera, has tragically lost his life in a freak accident on his farm near Warracknabeal, sparking a renewed call from WorkSafe for farmers to seek assistance to ensure their safety.

Incident Overview

On a fateful Friday, while engaged in the task of cleaning seed, 61-year-old Morcom was struck on the head by a tipping auger, resulting in immediate fatality. The incident has left the community and fellow farmers in shock, highlighting the unpredictable nature of farming accidents.

Community Tribute

Ross Johns, a friend and fellow farmer, commemorated Morcom’s life, describing him as a humble, empathetic individual with a deep passion for agriculture and community involvement. Morcom was celebrated for his contributions to football, the Country Fire Authority, the Uniting Church, and more, emphasizing his impact on improving lives within his community without seeking recognition.

WorkSafe Response

In the wake of this tragedy, WorkSafe Victoria’s executive director of health and safety, Narelle Beer, expressed concern over the rising number of injuries and fatalities among farmers, particularly older men working in isolation. Beer emphasized the importance of seeking help and adhering to best practices to prevent such accidents, assuring that WorkSafe is ready to provide necessary assistance.

Agricultural Safety Concerns

The accident underscores a disturbing trend, with farmers constituting a disproportionately high percentage of workplace deaths in Australia. This incident, marking the third farm fatality in Victoria for the month, calls for a serious reflection on the safety measures and practices in the agricultural sector.

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