A young labourer’s first day on a new job ended in tragedy when he fell from the tractor he was operating and was mangled by its milling blades.
The gruesome incident took place in Kampung Sinaran Jaya in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah, and the victim has been identified as 21-year-old Alif Riezman Azhar.
It was the young man’s first day on the job and his boss Azli Che Ahmad, 40, noticed that the tractor had stopped in the middle of a paddy field at about 11.30am.
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According to reports, Alif was cleaning the rice fields of hay after the grains had been harvested.
The boss initially thought that the new employee had stalled the vehicle and went over to help, but soon noticed that Alif was not in the driver’s seat.
Azli told reporters: “At first I thought he went home or went to buy food, and (I) was annoyed.”
However, he soon saw the victim’s motionless body covered in straw about 12 metres (39 feet) from the tractor.
According to Azli, he had fallen under the milling blades and suffered serious injuries to his head and body.
Police were called to the scene and confirmed that the 21-year-old had fallen out of the tractor and became mangled in its blades.
Alif reportedly worked for several farmers in the area and often stayed at a friend’s nearby house to shorten the distance between the various fields.