Ikawai tractor victim named

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 10:46 07/12/2012

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Waimate police have released the name of the man killed yesterday in a farming accident in the Ikawai area.

He was Richard Gordon Fairweather, 47, of Waimate.

Mr Fairweather was using a large tractor to spread urea on hilly farmland when the tractor overturned, Waimate police senior sergeant Mike van der Heyden said.

The tractor was equipped with a roll cage, but Mr Fairweather was thrown from the vehicle. He was working alone at the time.

Police responded to the scene shortly before 12pm.

Mr Fairweather was not the owner of the property, but was employed by a farmer in the area, Mr van der Heyden said.

Because it was a workplace-related accident, the incident will be investigated by the Department of Labour, he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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