The dairy worker was operating a rotary milking machine just before 7am when the incident occurred.

A WorkSafe team has been on site much of the day investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, however the cause of the incident remains unclear. 

It is the 13th work-related death reported to WorkSafe this year and the fifth in agriculture.  Five of this year’s deaths have been in the past five weeks.

WorkSafe’s General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said WorkSafe would work with police and produce a report for the coroner.   

“Investigations are at an early stage, but what we can say is that today’s tragedy, along with yesterday’s incident in which a man was trapped for 18 hours after the tractor he was driving rolled, shows some of the serious outcomes associated with farming.”

“No one goes to work thinking they’re not going to come home. Incidents like today’s affect entire communities, not just the people directly involved.”

“Our thoughts are with this young person’s family and friends, but again urge the farming community to do everything it can to maximise safety and take nothing for granted whether you’re doing the job for the first time or you’ve done it for decades.”

Information on workplace health and safety can be found at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au or call WorkSafe’s advisory service on 1800 136 089