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Facility

Frank Long Memorial Park, Zeehan, Tasmania.

Incident Type

Fatal ride-on mower accident involving a West Coast Council worker.

Date of Incident

November 20, 2023

Penalty Imposed

Currently under WorkSafe Tasmania investigation, awaiting a coroner's report.

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Introduction

A devastating accident involving a ride-on mower at Frank Long Memorial Park in Zeehan, Tasmania, has resulted in the death of a West Coast Council worker, sparking a WorkSafe Tasmania inquiry.

Details of the Incident

The incident occurred on Monday afternoon when emergency services were called to the scene. The male worker, in his 30s, was tragically found deceased under the mower. The accident is being treated as a workplace incident.

Operational Context

The West Coast Council expressed profound shock and grief over the incident. West Coast Mayor Shane Pitt conveyed the community’s dismay and emphasized the council’s commitment to supporting all affected by this tragedy, including the worker’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

As the incident is currently under investigation by WorkSafe Tasmania, the West Coast Council has refrained from further comment. WorkSafe Tasmania’s preliminary statement suggests the accident occurred when the mower lost balance on uneven ground, trapping the worker underneath.

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