Man dies in a tractor accident
AN elderly Agnes Water man died in a tractor accident on a private property on Road Hill Road, Agnes Water, late on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the man in his 80s was working alone on the vacant block owned by his family on Round Hill Road.
The man was apparently slashing when the accident happened. He was found by a neighbour about 3.30pm.
A spokesperson from the Police Media Unit said the Queensland Ambulance Service and local police were called just before 4pm, but the man was already dead.
“Police are preparing a report for the coroner,” the spokesperson said. “It certainly looks like an accidental death – a non-suspicious death – at this stage.”
Earlier reports, posted on a Brisbane newspaper’s website, saying the victim was a teenager, were incorrect.
Police said the man was definitely in his 80s and was found “partially beneath the tractor’s slasher” when police and ambulance officers arrived at the scene.
There have been several farm accidents and in particular tractor accidents in Queensland in 2010.
It was estimated by researcher that, at its peak, tractor accidents occurred once every 10 days in Australia; with accidents involving quad bikes now more frequent than tractor accidents on farms.
Rural doctor Lyn Fragar, who founded the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety, said: “Statistics show there’s a farm accident involving a tractor every 10 days, and just under a quarter of these involve children.”
“The Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety aims to make primary producers and the wider community more aware of the dangers on farms, with the full support of government bodies and farming organisations.”
Researchers from the Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety estimate each on-farm mishap can cost up to $1 million, and serious accidents are costing the agricultural sector more than $1 billion every year across the country.
Their study shows that quad bike crashes had overtaken tractor rollovers as the most common cause of death.