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Cassaniti family determined to make sure their son ‘has not died in vain’

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The Cassaniti family are determined to see an overhaul of the construction industry after their 18-year-old son died in a workplace accident.

Christopher Cassaniti lost his life in April after 17 metres of scaffolding collapsed on him at a Macquarie Park construction site.

Patrizia Cassaniti carries a teddy bear that plays a recording from Christoper’s 18th birthday, days before his death.

Listen to the recording below

The family has been campaigning for harsher punishments for employers whose employees die in industrial incidents.

Rob and Patrizia Cassaniti say the series of workplace accidents since Christopher’s death transport them back to the tragic moment.

“It’s just out of control at the moment with the amount of incidents happening on job sites,” Rob says.

“A lot of workers have approached us, unfortunately, they’re too scared to talk about incidents… so we’ve now become the face for them to come out and speak up about workplace safety.”

Patrizia tells Ben Fordham they will keep fighting.

“I have an inner strength that keeps me going to make sure that Christopher has not died in vain.”

They have been working in accordance with the Better Regulation Minister Kevin Anderson to develop an app to help workers report safety issues on the job site.

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