NSW construction death marks terrible start to year

CFMEU Construction and General Division National Executive

The NSW CFMEU says the death of a construction worker after falling through a roof on the Wollongong University Innovation Campus is a devastating start to the year and highlights the need for a stronger regulator and industrial manslaughter laws.

“No one should die at work and we are deeply saddened for this man’s family, friends and workmates,” said Rob Kera, Assistant Secretary of the NSW CFMEU.

“Our hearts and condolences go out to his family. We know too well just how devastating it is for families to lose a loved one at work. No worker should ever not come home because of a lack of safety on the job.”

“We are only in the second week of the year and NSW has already experienced its first death on a construction site. It is just not good enough.”

“It is the latest death in an appalling recent record of workers being killed and injured on NSW construction sites. The regulator, SafeWork NSW, seems unable to meet its essential role of keeping workers safe.”

“It is alarming to see how many construction companies and bosses think they can cut corners and put their own profits above worker safety.”

“How many workers must die before the NSW government realises we need strong industrial manslaughter laws with the threat of serious jail time?”

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