The Guardian November 5, 2003


It's official a worker' s life is worth $1800

The Tamworth roofer, said to have dodged 90 percent of the 
OH&S fine levied over the death of Dean McGoldrick, has two homes 
and drives around town in a Ford LTD, according to bereaved Mum, 
Robin McGoldrick.

Mrs McGoldrick said her family was "shattered" to learn the 
businessman had paid only $1800 of the $20,000 fine imposed over 
her son's fatal fall from a Broadway, Sydney, building site.

The claim was made by NSW CFMEU Construction Division Secretary, 
Andrew Ferguson, during a rally of 10,000 workers to honour 
another slain teenager, Joel Exner, and demand the introduction 
of industrial manslaughter laws.

Checks with the office of NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John 
Della Bosca, confirmed there were no records of other payments 
towards the 2001 fine imposed by the Chief Industrial 
Magistrate's Court from either the businessman or his company, 
Advanced Roofing, which also traded as Tamworth Metal Roof Fascia 
and Guttering.

He was found guilty of failing to ensure the health, safety and 
welfare of his employees.

"Our family is devastated, we are back to square one", Mrs 
McGoldrick said.

"This is just so disrespectful. It is disrespectful of Dean, us 
and the law.

"We live in Tamworth. We know this man lives in one home with his 
mother and also has an investment property, although it might 
very well be in his wife's name.

"They own a business called Advanced Hair Supplies and he drives 
around in an LTD."

Unions allege that Dean McGoldrick, who had only been with 
Advanced Roofing 11 days, worked for a company that didn't supply 
scaffolding or safety harnesses.

The same allegations have been levelled against Garry Denson 
Roofing, the company that employed 16-year-old, Joel Exner, who 
died last month. Exner was only three days out of Evans High 
School, Blacktown, when he lost his life at Eastern Creek.

Mrs McGoldrick hailed the ACT Government's determination to bring 
in industrial manslaughter legislation and called on other States 
to "display similar courage".

"If one useful thing comes out of this it will be that other 
parents don't have to go through the hell Tim and I have been 
through", she said.

"That's why industrial manslaughter is important. What deterrent 
is a $20,000 fine, especially when it turns out it wasn't even 
paid?"

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