South Australia Fatalities 2008 - 2009

28.9.2008 Yorke Peninsula

A shark fishing vessel sank with three men on board. One swam to shore and the other two were found deceased.

31.10.2008 Off Ceduna

The male worker was retracting a stabiliser, which snagged. The rope struck the man on the back of the head fatally injuring him.

20.11.2008 Coober Pedy

A self employed man was working alone underground when his leg was amputated while operating a tunnelling machine, resulting in fatal injuries.

20.11.2008 Near Mannum

A male worker was working on power lines from a platform attached to a helicopter when it appears the rotor blade hit a power line, causing the helicopter to crash. The man died later in hospital.

26.11.2008 Victor Harbor

A male contractor had a job to undertake an exterior painting job. Whilst painting a chimney he stepped back onto the carport roof and fell through the sheeting, falling about 3 metres. He died later in hospital.

15.1.2009 Eight Mile Creek

A male worker was unloading large round bales of hay from a semi-trailer when he released a load binder and a bale of hay fell from the top of the load fatally crushing him.

28.2.2009 Port Pirie

A male volunteer worker replacing sheets of roofing, fell through a gap, falling about four metres to the floor below. He sustained serious injuries and died a short time later in hospital.

17.3.2009 Waikerie

A male worker was crushed to death between the loading ramp of a car carrier and the vehicle he was unloading when the hydraulic loading ramps activated.

31.3.2009 Burnside

A man was contracted to carry out an upgrade of Second Creek at Burnside. In the process of moving a tree he disturbed a nest of bees and was stung. Initially he appeared to suffer no ill effects, but collapsed shortly after and could not be revived.

9.4.2009 Glenroy

A female backpacker employed to help with the potato harvest fell approximately 2 metres from the doorway of the harvester she was standing on that was being towed to a waiting semi trailer to empty its load and was killed.

17.6.2009 St Morris

A mother was receiving a massage when the massage therapist lowered the hydraulic massage table with a foot control, unbeknown to her the client’s daughter was underneath the table and was crushed by the hydraulic arms of the table.