Owner-driver death a reminder of workplace dangers

Owner-driver death a reminder that Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year, WorkSafe Victoria says

December 14, 2010

The recent death of an owner-driver is a timely reminder that Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year, according to WorkSafe Victoria.

The 46-year-old Gannawarra man died while unloading his truck after the vehicle topped and crushed him earlier this month.

WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director for Health and Safety Ian Forsyth said the incident is the fourth workplace fatality to occur within a month – three of which have occurred in regional Victoria.

"The lead-up to Christmas is one of the most dangerous times of the year," Forsyth says.

"Whether this is due to longer working days, a bigger workforce before Christmas or is simply poor planning is something we don’t know."

Forsyth is calling on all workplaces to proceed with caution and take extra safety measures before Christmas.

"While the workplace fatality rate is lower than this time last year, it’s tragic and unacceptable that four men have lost their lives at work in the same month," he says.

The recent fatality brings the workplace death toll for this year to 23, compared to last year’s toll of 29.

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