83yo killed in tractor incident

An 83-year-old man died following a tractor accident at Round Hill late on Thursday.
An 83-year-old man died following a tractor accident at Round Hill late on Thursday.

AN elderly Agnes Water man died in a tragic tractor accident late on Thursday afternoon.

Police said the 83-year-old was working alone on a vacant property, owned by his family, on Round Hill Road.

The man was seen working on the small acreage, slashing, about 2pm.

It was believed he was putting the machinery away when the incident occurred.

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.”

Agnes Water ambulance officer in charge Brett Schultz said it was unclear how the incident had occurred.

“There was a two-hour window that he could have been there,” he said.

“He certainly would have been there for at least an hour before he was found.”

The incident comes just two days after a Mundubbera farm accident when a 62-year-old male received multiple traumas including head, internal, chest and spinal injuries along with abrasions.

The worker was spraying mandarins at the time of the incident when his clothing became caught in a tractor’s power take off.

The employer was pinned between the tractor and spray rig for four hours before he was found and emergency crews alerted.

The worker was in a stable condition at the Royal Brisbane Hospital last night.

The spate of incidents has resulted in calls for a review of farm practices.

Farmsafe executive director Jamie Cupples said he was especially disappointed to hear of the Mundubbera incident after recent campaigning to ensure all power take-offs were covered.

“It’s extremely dangerous; they should all be covered,” he said.

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