Timaru teen killed in ‘tragic’ farm incident

Western Australia’s farming community has paid tribute to a 17-year-old Canterbury boy who died after being struck by a loader on April 27.

The Timaru teenager died after a workplace incident in a fertilizer shed on a property in Burakin, about 200km northeast of Perth, WA national publication said Countryman reported.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 10.15am on April 27 and it is understood the teenager died a short time later.

Compatriot reported WorkSafe investigators traveled to the mixed family farm of sheep and arable farming along Hospital Rd that same day.

The teen’s family was informed of his sudden death the following weekend. It is believed a service for the 17-year-old was held in Timaru yesterday.

John Noonan, director of SafeFarms WA, said Countryman it was a “tragic reminder” of the dangers of working on a farm.

“It’s bloody tragic and I would really urge people to be seriously careful,” he said.

“Farms are dangerous places, as are all workplaces, but because we’re not doing the same thing day in and day out… it’s very easy to take your eye off the ball.

“I understand that a number of preventative measures have been put in place in this case, but it is a timely reminder that everyone should check that their measures are in place to prevent these types of incidents.

“Unfortunately, this is an event that will have consequences for the farmer and for the family of the person who lost his life.”

Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA president Tony Seabrook said Countryman The death was “devastating” for everyone involved, labeling it as every farmer’s “worst nightmare”.

“All of us are afraid of that nightmare,” Seabrook said.

“It used to be ‘get started and done’, but now we have conversations before every job and training.”