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WorkSafe on increase in workplace fatalities

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A 51-year-old man died at work in Kilsyth in Melbourne’s outer east, after being hit by a 300kg steel tube, which fell from a crane he was operating.

WorkSafe is investigating the incident at a roller door manufacturer in Canterbury Road. The man died at Maroondah Hospital a short time later. There were no witnesses to the incident.

The man’s death is the 24th work-related death reported to WorkSafe this year and the third this month.

Earlier this week, an East Gippsland man died, when his tractor rolled in an isolated country at Timbarra.

A man died at Bendigo on 14 November, when he was run over by a truck which he had just parked.

WorkSafe called on business operators and workers to undertake safety reviews of known and potential hazards in the lead up to Christmas.

Workplace safety is a shared responsibility, which must incorporate regular risk assessments, appropriate training and supervision, workplace design and constant vigilance.

Workers and employers have to look out for each others interests and not rely on good luck or experience to get through.

The human cost of damage caused by deaths and injuries cannot be calculated, but the financial cost of compensating and rehabilitating more than 158,000 Victorians injured at work in the past five years exceeds $5-billion.

Since the start of 2002, 122 work-related deaths have been reported to WorkSafe.

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