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Sydney girl reveals her heartbreak after her father died in workplace accident

‘No one should have to feel the pain I’m feeling’: Girl, 12, reveals her heartbreak after her father died when he became caught in a pallet machine as he tried to fix it

  • Matthew Spann was crushed to death when his head got stuck in a machine  
  • One of his four children said laws surrounding workplace safety need to change 
  • Isabella said no one should have to go through what she is experiencing 

A 12-year-old girl has revealed her heartbreak and pleaded for new work safety legislation after her father died when he got caught in a pallet machine he was trying to fix.

Matthew Spann was crushed to death when his head got stuck in the machine at Forrest Road in St Mary’s in Sydney’s west at 5.40am on Wednesday.

One of his four children, Isabella, told 7 News the laws surrounding workplace safety need to change.

Matthew Spann (pictured) was crushed to death when his head got stuck in a machine in Sydney’s west at 5.40am on Wednesday

‘No one should have to feel the pain that I’m feeling,’ the Year 6 student said, adding that the scourge of workplace deaths ‘has to be stopped.’ 

She was looking forward to a momentous occasion for every child finishing primary school – walking into her formal with her father.

Now she said it will be a hard moment for her.

‘My dad was probably one of my best friends, he was always there for me he took me motorbike riding and it was fun.’

One of his four children, Isabella, said the laws surrounding workplace safety need to change

One of his four children, Isabella, said the laws surrounding workplace safety need to change

One of the most devastating workplace accidents in 2019 was the death of Christopher Cassaniti in March (pictured with his mother)

One of the most devastating workplace accidents in 2019 was the death of Christopher Cassaniti in March (pictured with his mother)

Mr Spann was underneath the pallet machine when another employee gave instructions to turn the device on slowly, according to details from the WorkSafe investigation obtained by 7 News.

In response to an increase in workplace accidents the NSW state government will announce safety reforms in October, according to the publication.

In March this year Christopher Cassanti, 18, died when nine storeys of scaffolding fell on top of hi at a semi-completed block of flats in Macquarie Park in Sydney’s west. 

His body was found in rubble a short time later as his parents arrived at the scene.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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