Sadness descends on Wodonga foundry after dad killed while transporting a casting

Police have taped off areas for their investigation. Picture: DAVID THORPE

Police have taped off areas for their investigation. Picture: DAVID THORPE

4.50PM: A man who died at Wodonga's Bradken factory last night has been remembered for his commitment to his workplace and family.

Father of two Peter Watson, 42, was operating a Bobcat at the Bradken metal castings factory at 11 o'clock last night when he was killed.

Police say he used the bobcat to pick up a hot metal cast, weighing about 100 kilograms, from a bin.

The heavy load tipped from the Bobcat's bucket and crashed through the windscreen of the machine's cabin.

Mr Watson was crushed and died at the scene despite the efforts of emergency services.

Bradken managing director and chief executive Brian Hodges said the company was saddened by Mr Watson's death.

“This is devastating news and we extend our deepest sympathies to the affected family, friends and colleagues,” Mr Hodges said in a statement released this afternoon.

Workmates said Mr Watson, a single father, had been devoted to Bradken, having worked at the foundry for more than a decade.

Police and the Victorian WorkCover Authority are investigating the death.

WorkCover inspectors examined equipment and the foundry's environs today.

Work was suspended at the site.


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