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A 65-year-old truck driver has been killed in a work-related accident at a potato farm in the State's South West.

The man was believed to have been run over by a truck when he tried to get into the vehicle as it rolled down an incline in Eastbrook yesterday afternoon.

WorkSafe WA commissioner Lex McCulloch said it was the sixth agriculture work death in WA since July.

“This equates to more than 35 per cent of the total work-related deaths over this period,” he said.

“And since the agriculture sector only accounts for three per cent of the workforce Australia-wide, it is a serious concern that the sector is so over-represented in the fatality statistics.”

Mr McCulloch said everyone in the agriculture sector had a role to play in minimising risks.

“Better awareness of safety is the only way to arrest this sad toll of absolutely unnecessary tragedies,” he said.

The West Australian

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