Farm vehicle fatality (5 October 2019)
Date of incident: 5 October 2019
A 38-year-old man sustained fatal injuries after losing control and rolling a 4WD farm vehicle as he descended a steep hill at Yaven Creek, near Adelong, in the Riverina region of NSW.
Consider ‘reasonably practicable’ control measures to manage the risks of using plant, such as farm vehicles, on steep terrain. Make sure:
- the vehicle is appropriate for the task and the terrain
- the vehicle is maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
- you reduce the tyre pressure, to increase the traction
- you use seat belts and drive in low gear
- the load is secure and doesn’t affect the vehicle’s stability
- you assess the environmental conditions, knowing where there are rocks, trees, creeks and gullies, and where the ground is soft and rain-affected – consider walking the route before driving
- you have plan B if the terrain is too steep or the vehicle too unstable
- the driver is well-trained in using the vehicle for the task being undertaken.