A farmer has been killed in a workplace accident in rural Victoria after his idling tractor reversed over him.
The incident at the property in Lockington, in northern Victoria southwest of Echuca, is being investigated by WorkSafe.
The 65-year-old man was trying to attach an implement to the back of the tractor on Sunday at about 11am when it suddenly reversed and ran over him, WorkSafe said.
Worksafe said it is the 51st workplace fatality in Victoria this year.
The incident follows a French backpacker who was fatally bitten by a brown snake while doing farm work in Nullawil in Victoria’s north-west last week.
The 25-year-old was found by friends at his home before he was airlifted to hospital in Melbourne where puncture wounds were found on his foot.
Access Grain owner Wade Humphreys who had employed him said he was likely bitten off shift as their workers all wear protective boots.
‘He obviously hadn’t realised he’d been bitten,’ he said.