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WorkSafe WA issues warning to farm workers after recent deaths

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Aging farmers and farm workers are being urged to take extra precautions in light of a spate of work related fatalities in the state.

The number of deaths and serious injuries in WA’s agricultural sector accounts for six of the 17 work related deaths in Australia’s West during the last financial year according to The West. A number which WorkSafe commissioner for WA, Lex McCulloch, says is alarming and unacceptable.

“These deaths are simply unnecessary and unacceptable and everyone involved in agriculture - from farmers to industry associations to machinery dealers to manufacturers - has a role to play in reducing the toll in the industry," McCulloch said.

The warning was issued after the death of a 65 year old truck driver at a potato farm near Pemberton this week and an incident in York when a farmer severed an arm in an auger accident.

WorkSafe are said to be reviewing circumstances surrounding the accidents and actively working towards measures aimed at promoting safer work practices.

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