By Ian Neubauer

A worker was killed yesterday while operating harvest machinery at Toorak Wines’ Willandra Estate in the Riverina Region of NSW.

“We received a call shortly before midday to attend to a site on Toorak Road, Leeton where a man [had been] trapped in a machine called a hopper,” a spokesperson for the Ambulance Service of NSW told TheShout.

“When paramedics arrived the man had been released by his workmates but was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Workcover NSW is investigating the fatality.

“We have an inspector out there at the moment. They are working with police to discover the cause of the incident,” a spokesman for Workcover NSW said, adding that it was normal procedure whenever an employee was killed at a work site within the state.

The incident follows a January explosion at Drayton’s Winery in the Hunter Valley that resulted in the deaths of wine icon Trevor Drayton and contract welder Edgar Orgo.

The Shout Team

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