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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