Shearer dies in Tarlee tragedy

THE shearing industry has been rocked after a freak accident claimed the life of experienced shearer Brett Cupples.
Cupples, 29, of Streaky Bay, was working at a property at Tarlee when the accident happened at about 2.30pm last Tuesday, Janaury 18.
The handpiece is believed to have struck him in the neck.
Kadina CIB is investigating the accident and preparing a report for the Coroner.
Detective Loren Franz is one of the investigators involved and said it could be a long time before the coroner’s report came out.
“Our investigations are only one tiny piece in the whole jigsaw of the report,” he said.
He added the incident would also be subject to a Safework SA investigation.
Cupples was well known to shearing school operators, former shearing world champion, Shannon Warnest, and wife Catherine, of Willalooka in the South East.
“His (Cupples’) mum rang to tell us after it happened, and oh hell, it’s just terrible,” Catherine said.
Official details on exactly what happened are not yet available but word of mouth reports suggest it was an extremely unfortunate accident.
“From what I understand, he was shearing and somehow the handpiece has been kicked or something has happened,” Mrs Warnest said.
She said Cupples had a young colleague shearing with him on the day of the accident, a traumatic experience for a youngster starting out in the industry.
“Hopefully he will keep shearing but it shook him up, as it would.”
She said a freak accident similar to the events of last week was unheard of.
Widely described as an excellent worker and a wonderful person, Mrs Warnest said Cupples would be missed.
“He was just such a nice guy,” she said.


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