Man crushed by tractor in accident at oil palm plantation

KULAI: A 50-year-old Indonesian worker was crushed to death by a tractor which he was trying to connect to a trailer.

Johor Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) director Mohd Rosdee Yaacob said the incident took place around 4.15pm on Sunday (May 23) at an oil palm plantation at Jalan Sawah here.

"The victim was manually connecting the tractor to a trailer filled with oil palm fruit when the tractor moved, crushing him.

"The tractor is believed to have continued moving for about 40m downhill before coming to a stop.

"The victim was later found face down and unconscious behind the trailer. Tyre marks were found on his back," Mohd Rosdee said in a statement on Wednesday (May 26).

He added that the body was found by the worker's supervisor, who was checking the area after the victim did not return to the collection area.

"The victim's body was then brought to Kulai Hospital for further action.

"Following initial investigations, a notice was issued to stop tractor-trailer connecting operations at the scene and for the employer to give a full report to the Safety and Health Committee," he said.

He added that legal action would be taken under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 against anyone found to be responsible.

"Under the Act, employers are required to identify hazards, analyse risks and take the necessary measures to control those risks," he said.

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