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Daddy Doesnít Live With Us Anymore
My name is Andreia and I have two beautiful children, Corey is 6 and Makayla is 13 months.
Glen Viegas is Corey and Makayla's daddy but he doesn't live with us anymore. He hasn't for about 4 months. We miss him a lot.
Glen has missed out on seeing Makayla crawl for the first time, he missed out on her first Christmas, her first birthday and he even missed out on Corey's first soccer game.
We know he didn't mean to miss out on all these special events. We know he would have loved to have been at all of them.
Glen was a great dad, a great husband, son, brother and friend, he was full of life and energy and his family was his treasure.
Glen lives far away from us now, we don't see him anymore. We miss his voice, his touch, his jokes, we miss his funny smell when he came home from work and we miss his face.
Corey knows why Glen hasn't come home for so long. I told him daddy was never coming home again, that made him cry.
"I know why daddy isn't coming home," he said. "Daddy died.
"He died at work because it wasn't safe," he said.
That's right. Corey's dad cut through a live wire and was killed; a wire that was meant to have been disconnected at the power board.
Glen's workplace was accused of breaching safety regulations and letting a worker work in an unsafe workplace. Employers need to start ensuring safer working environments for all their workers. Glen's death was tragic and should have never of happened. Every week there is a death in the workplace and this year alone 6 workers have already been killed.
Glen's death comes under the term Industrial Manslaughter, a term used for death in the workplace.
Why is our Government not being tougher with employers? Why is the Government not enforcing tougher laws for employers that let a worker die in their workplace? This is unacceptable. If an employer is found to be at fault because they caused the death of their worker then they should be found guilty and jailed just like a criminal that murders an innocent person.
This is called justice.
How many more daddy's are going to be murdered at work, how many more families are going to be destroyed? A pathetic fine is like a soft smack on the hand. This does not get the point across to employers. It's a means to say, it's OK just be more careful next time.
Occupational Health and Safety legislation does not get the attention it deserves and someone needs to let the Howard Government in on the secret. Union officials need to visit and inspect work sites, they need to address safety breaches and they need to continue to provide safe workplaces.
Every Australian worker deserves to work in a safe work place and we need to introduce tougher laws for employers and we need to do this now.
I don't want Glen to just be a statistic. I want his death to be a wake up call to all employers, employees, the Government and to the whole of Australia. The Government needs to spend serious money on implementing tougher laws. A profit is more important then a life these days.
My greatest appreciation now goes out to the CFMEU Officials and Unions NSW for their campaign for tougher laws, something I am behind 100%, and for their overwhelming support not only to my family but to all the families that have found themselves in this unfortunate circle.
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