Dairy owners share grief at death of worker in accident
UPDATE 1pm: THE owners and management of Maleny Dairies say their focus is on looking after the family of a worker killed in a workplace accident yesterday.
The owners of the dairy, Ross and Sally Hopper, and general manager Peter Falcongreen have spoken publicly about the grief being felt at the dairy today and their efforts for the worker's family and other staff.
The worker died yesterday after an accident with an angle grinder in the dairy's maintenance shed.
"There's a lot of people here who are upset," Mr Hopper said. "It's not about our work ... it's his family (his wife and children) we have to look after.
"We want people to go home healthy, we don't want them ... we want them back the next day.
Mr Hopper said the 59-year-old worker was well-liked at the dairy.
"He got on so well with everyone," he said.
Mr Falcongreen said the dairy had brought in counsellors to work with grieving staff at the dairy.
"We were with the family at the hospital yesterday and we are just sharing their pain," he said.
"We have lost a dear, dear man and that's where out focus is on the moment - on Ted's family and all our staff here."
- JESSICA MCKENZIE
UPDATE 8.50am: Maleny Dairies owner Ross Hopper says he and his staff are devastated by the death of a 59-year-old worker in a workplace incident.
Mr Hopper said the worker, who had been with the company for a little more than a year, was injured by an angle grinder disc while working in the maintenance shed yesterday.
Paramedics were called to the McCarthy Rd business at 12.43pm.
They treated him on scene for serious chest injuries before he was taken to Nambour General Hospital.
Police said the 59-year-old Currimundi man died about 2.30pm.
"All of the staff here are just in total devastation," Mr Hopper said.
"We just care about his family more than anything."
Mr Hopper said the man had a great personality to work with.
He said due to the nature of contracts the business had to remain in production today.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland was investigating.
EARLIER: A 59-year-old Currimundi man has died after a workplace incident at Maleny Dairies.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics were called to the McCarthy Rd business at 12.43pm yesterday after the man was injured by a nine-inch grinder disc.
He sustained serious chest injuries and was taken to Nambour General Hospital.
Police said the man died about 2.30pm.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating.